Demonstration calling on the government to take the  launch  of the Kenya Development Response  to  Displacement Impacts Project (KDRDIP)  

A section of Wajir South residents on Monday carried out peaceful   to  Habaswein from Wajir town since  they are the host community.

The residents said launching the project in Wajir town is likely to compromise the target beneficiaries  and also influence the location of the main office  and in turn fail to meet the needs of the community.

The 100 million USD World Bank funded project will be implemented over a period of five years.

Wajir South is expected to receive approximately Sh 2.2 billion from the funds.

According to Abdullahi Awale, a resident, launching the  project in Wajir town  will also take with all the opportunities  that comes with the project including  employment.

“Many of us here lack jobs and we were hoping that through the project we will be able secure jobs but am afraid that is unlikely to happen  since the launching won’t be held here,” he said.

He further said that it is their right to be part of the launch since they are the ones who  host the refugees as opposed to Wajir town. The residents also  appealed to the  concerned parties to chose a neutral implementing agency that is free from political bias.

The project targets 167,605 residents who are the host population and  276,269 refugees who are indirect beneficiaries.

It is expected to be launched early next month in the county.

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