Locals vow project won’t take off before compensation
SEE ALSO :Airport floods after heavy rain“If you pay us today, we shall give away our land for the project. We are worried that if we are forcibly evicted to make way for the project and erection of permanent dykes before we are compensated, that will be the end of the story,” Mr Mango said. The dykes are intended to prevent the overflow of River Nzoia. Another resident, Jane Achieng', said,” The Government has been promising to compensate us for many months but that has not been forthcoming. What we are seeing is a contractor on site ready to start work when we are yet to be paid. We shall not accept that.” Ms Mbuthia said NLC would handle the compensation claims and payments would be made through the banks since the affected landowners had opened accounts as earlier directed. The Government wants to put up a Sh10 billion water project in the region to help with irrigation and to end perpetual flooding in Budalang’i by building permanent dykes.