OCHA Kenya Humanitarian Update vol. 14, 03 – 09 Apr 2008

OCHA Kenya Humanitarian Update vol. 14, 03 – 09 Apr 2008

HIGHLIGHTS – Civil unrest as power-sharing talks break down – Diplomats and donors warn of aid cuts if peace deal is not implemented – Growing concern over rising food prices and inflation – $189 million Emergency Humanitarian Response Plan launch on 14 April – Deal agreed to ensure IDP children can sit national exams The information contained in this report has been compiled by OCHA from information received from the field, from national and international humanitarian partners and from other official sources. It does not represent a position from the United Nations.

I General Overview Protests and violence erupted in Nairobi’s Kibera slum and Kisumu on 8 April following the Orange Democratic Movement’s suspension of power-sharing talks. A 40-member Cabinet was due to be announced on 6 April but disagreements resurfaced over the sharing out of ministries. European Union diplomats said aid will be cut until the peace deal is fully implemented. Inflation rose to 21% in March. The impact is greatest on the poor. WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran expressed concern over rising farm input and food prices as she toured IDP camps on 3 April. Some have called for subsidies to avert riots over food prices as witnessed elsewhere in the world. Human Rights Watch accused the army and rebels of torture and extra judicial killings. The alleged spiritual leader of Sabaot Land Defence Forces Jason Psongoywo was charged with promoting war like activities. Planned evictions from the Mau Forest caused hundreds to flee to Narok trading centre.

II. Humanitarian Situation The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) distributed food, tarpaulins and mosquito nets to over 500 families displaced by floods in Kimorigo and Mbogoni areas of Taita Taveta District. The floods hit at a time when farmers were harvesting rice and planting maize. KRCS asked the government to provide additional relief.

Security Tensions have started to build up in Nakuru, Molo, Londiani, Kericho and Elburgon and IDPs who have tried to return to their farms and businesses have been chased away, the UN Department of Security and Safety reports. Some IDPs who tried to return home to Kapsita in Londiani Division, Kericho District, were shot with arrows last week. On 1 April, a group of IDPs who returned to their looted businesses in Kericho town were chased away by residents. A similar incident was reported in Munyasi, in southern Narok. Hate leaflets were also found in Nakuru Showground last week warning Kikuyus not to go back to their farms. In the Likuyani area of Mumias in Western Province, IDPs trying to resettle reported to KRCS that hostile residents had barred them from entering their businesses. Shops were looted during demonstrations in Lodwar town, Turkana District, on 30 March, following the alleged shooting of a Turkana man and a 13-year-old boy by a policeman. On the road between Kainuk and Kakong, Turkana bandits sprayed three trucks with bullets on 26 March. Skirmishes between Pokots and Turkanas in Katilu Division could pose logistical challenges to transporters. In West Pokot, Uasin Gishu District, 1000 Pokot villagers raided the home of an elderly man and killed him on suspicion of helping bandits on 25 March. Mount Elgon and Trans Nzoia remain tense due to ongoing military operations.



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