The Mukamukuu Farmers Co-operative Society members in Kangundo, Machakos County, have petitioned to the Government to compensate them before implementing the proposed multi-billion shilling -tourist project on their farm.
Led by chairman Constantino Mutua, Maingi Ngolia (vice-chairman), and Stephen Kiania (secretary-general), the members said the proposal to build a five-star hotel at the society’s offices and a cable car at the nearby Kilimambogo hill will not be allowed unless they are compensated. The World Bank (WB) will fund the Sh 2.5billion project.
The members called on the Minister for the Nairobi Metropolitan Jamleck Kamau, who toured the area last week to withhold the idea and compensate them first.
“The Government should extend similar gesture to us as it did to members of the Malili Ranching Society, where it compensated them before striking the deal to construct the famous ICT City ‘’ added the members. The members accused the previous committee of not being transparent. “We feel sidelined in decision making of the society since part of us have been kept in dark,’’ added the members.
While touring the Macmillan Society offices, the minister announced the WB would fund the project adding that tenders were to be advertised soon. Kamau indicated that the project would generate jobs for the locals. The members also opposed the hotel project and proposal to build a university on the farm.
By Victor Nzuma
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