CS Internal security Joseph Nkaissery. (Photo: Wilberforce Okwiri/Standard)
MPs took Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery to task over the criteria his ministry used to compensate internally displaced persons.
Mr Nkaissery, who appeared before the parliamentary Security Committee Tuesday to defend his ministry’s allocation of Sh2 billion from the second supplementary budget to IDPs, failed to convince the legislators on the specific areas the funds would be go.
The CS drew the ire of MPs Joseph Ndiege (Suna West) and Peter Kaluma (Homa Bay Town) when he accused a section of Nyanza MPs of ‘sleeping on the job’, saying they had failed to bring to his attention the regions that have IDPS.
He was answering Mr Ndiege, who had accused the Jubilee administration of discriminating against some regions, especially in Luo Nyanza, in the compensation.
“Why does the ministry compensate IDPs from some regions and discriminate against others?” asked the Suna West MP.
“I have never seen any MP from Nyanza bringing the issue of IDPs to the ministry and being turned away. Don’t bring a political angle to this issue. We should deal with it individually and per region. You should pull up your socks,” responded Nkaissery.
The CS explained that his ministry had only received a petition for Kisii County IDPs from their leaders and that it was on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s agenda during his tour of the county Tuesday .
Mr Kaluma, however, argued that it was not the work of MPs to petition the Government to compensate the IDPs, noting that the State ought to have its own records.
Wanjiku Muhia (Nyandarua) asked the CS to find ways of addressing the controversy.
“I have 12,000 IDPs in Nyandarua County and they have never been compensated,” she said.