18 former officials of the National Coordination Consultative Committee(NCCC) on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are being investigated by the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) for allegedly diverting compensation funds meant for 2007/8 Post election Violence (PEV) IDPs to private accounts.
According to a local daily, one former top official is suspected of tampering with lists of names of internally displaced persons (IDPs) while overseeing the vetting of victims in Uasin Gishu, Trans Nzoia, Kericho, Kisii, Nakuru, Kiambu and Nyandarua counties.
The other individuals are said to have been used to fraudulently collect compensation money in the seven counties.
“The (name withheld) tampered with the 2007/2008 PEVs victims’ list and further manipulated the forest eviction lists while overseeing the vetting of the IDPs at the NCCC ahead of compensation. Later, with the help of 17 known accomplices, the official used fake lists to divert IDP compensation funds for private use,” said Nandi County Criminal Investigations Officer Sammy Mukeku.
DCI says that data on the IDPs’ register was revised by suspects in the NCCC, creating loopholes for illegitimate members to be compensated.
This means that most of the Ksh17.5 billion released by the government to resettle the more than 660,000 IDPs could have ended on undeserving people, and the real victims left to suffer.
The former official is said to have opened an office for the illegal registration of new IDPs with fake promises of more compensation.
“The suspect has an office in Juja, where illegal registration of more IDPs is being conducted at charges ranging from Ksh3,000 to Ksh25,000,” states the police report.
The detectives have been looking for the former official from her homes in Nandi County and are said to be monitoring her other homes in Nyandarua County.
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