Dry port project in limbo over tussle
SEE ALSO :Uhuru launches Naivasha SGR operationsAddressing the press after a peaceful protest in Suswa, the group said they were not ready to move from the land as there were compensation issues yet to be settled. Their leader Simon Koilel said the 4,000 acres given to them in order to relocate was not enough, adding that over 10,000 families would be affected. Mr Koilel said those who claimed to have bargained on behalf of the community to get the land had no blessings from them. He said though they welcomed the construction of massive government projects, they were not ready to move until they are duly-compensated. “The land they claim to have offered us is not enough given the population that lives on this land and we are demanding more negotiations before we move out,” he said.
SEE ALSO :Grand SGR dreams die at SuswaCommunity leader Patrick ole Kariasu said the Government ought to have spoken to them over the resettlement before planning to move them out. Mr Kariasu said they received a message from Rift Valley Regional Coordinator George Natembeya informing them to move from the land, adding that they were not ready to move. “We will move to court to block this move by government until, we must be given our dues in line with the law,” he said. He said they had lived on the land for ages and wondered why they were being rushed to relocate without addressing their complaints. Esther Parisire, a resident, blamed four individuals from the area for misleading them by claiming to have received land on their behalf.
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