NLC now paying pending SGR claims, but not all

A section of the 120km extension of the SGR from Nairobi to Naivasha. [Standard]

The National Land Commission (NLC) says it is almost through with compensating those affected by the second phase of the Standard Gauge Railways (SGR).

This is after a multi-agency team completed scrutiny and due diligence for 367 out of 462 persons affected in Phase 2A of the SGR that runs from Nairobi to Naivasha.

The commission is paying those demanding up to Sh10 million.

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) CEO Twalib Mbarak wrote to acting NLC CEO Kabale Tache, informing her that preliminary findings of the scrutiny revealed the awards were far in excess of the fair value of the parcels.

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“Considering the magnitude of the ongoing investigations which will unfortunately take much longer than initially envisaged, we hereby advise you to bear in mind our advisory hereof and ensure that future land compensation proceeds are on the basis of strict compliance with the law and all relevant and applicable regulations,” said Mbarak in his letter.

The multi-agency team’s valuation showed NLC had over-valued the parcels by almost Sh550 million.

The total amount to be disbursed is Sh924 million while the second category comprising of 92 people claiming over Sh10 million will commence thereafter.

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Ms Tache said the commission intends to complete the entire compensation exercise by June 2019 and has so far paid 1,042 people a total of Sh12 billion under the SGR Phase 2A project.

The delay was affected by a due diligence that was ordered in January 2019, over suspected fraud.

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EACC is investigating some of the compensation cases, affecting those who have already been paid for the SGR land and those who are yet to be paid. The commission has interrogated a number of officials, including those from NLC.

In December last year, Kenya Railways Corporation released Sh10.2 billion to NLC to carry out compensation of the phase 2A section.

The money was supposed to compensate persons along the Rongai–Ngong line and Ngong Mai Mahiu line including the Mai Mahiu Station as well as Mai Mahiu to Suswa.

However, NLC says it has only compensated the Rongai section while areas particularly Ngong Station, Mai Mahiu and Suswa are yet to present their claim documents.

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