Kwale residents still not compensated for SGR lands

Kwale residents still not compensated for SGR lands

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Ongoing construction of the SGR in Kwale. PHOTO: SITA LAWRENCE.

Kwale, KENYA: Two years since the Standard Gauge Railway construction officially started at the  Kenyan coast; a section of the residents in the area are still complaining of not being compensated for their lands.

Kasemeni Ward residents on Monday morning registered their complaints with the Kenya Railways Manager and the committee in charge of the SGR supervision.

Choga Mwagwaru Swaleh one of the residents not compensated, is blaming Kinango MP Samuel Gonzi Rai for not pushing for their compensation.

“Some people have been compensated fully while we have not. We have been making follow ups to get ours but we are told that the National Assembly committee stopped our compensation,” said Mwagwaru.

Another resident from Kasemeni who gave out his land for a school construction on an agreement of 1.5 M per acre, is also complaining not to have received any amount from SGR.

“I gave out my land in expectation of compensation to enable me run projects for my upkeep, but up to date I have not received even a single cent,” he said.

Wilmot Mgalla Mwagwabi from Mabirikani village who claimed to have given his land which is in Manyu village; complained of receiving fake promises.

He said that he gave out his two acres land and he was expecting to receive more than 2 M and up to date he claims to have been given nothing.

Mohammed Dio Mwamba from Chongongwe Mwamdudu  says he was forced to move out of his shamba to pave way for SGR adding  that all his neighbors were compensated except for him.

“I have a family of nine we are leaving with a neighbour since my house was destroyed to pave way for SGR but up to date I have not received my compensation.I’m leaving in poverty,” he said.

More than 30 victims of various categories raised their complaints to the Kenya Railways Managing director A.K Maina.

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Area MCA Antony Yama urged the SGR management committee to pay the residents their dues and at least offer employment to youth.

A.K. Maina promised to start solving the issues in two weeks time from now.