Lamu,KENYA:Landowners who paved the way for the establishment of a coal plant in Lamu have welcomed the National Lands Commission’s decision to pay them Sh.800,000 per acre each as compensation for the lands.
They were however categorical that there was need for the commission to honor its promise to increase the compensation depending on the level of development on each piece of land.
Last week, NLC chair Muhammad Swazuri said the commission and concerned stakeholders had agreed to the amount and that special consideration will be made depending on the development of the lands.
Through their spokesperson Abdulrahman Aboud,the over 600 land owners said they were ready to offer their lands to the project which they said stands to benefit Lamu and the nation as a whole.
“We expected Sh.1.5 Million per acre compensation like what the LAPSSET beneficiaries got. However we don’t have a problem with the Sh.800,000 decided by the NLC but all we ask is that the money must go up depending on how developed each piece of land is and the NLC said it would adopt that,” said Aboud.
The NLC has pledged to ensure all affected landowners receive their compensation monies before the end of October this year.
The ksh.200 Billion coal plant project under the Amu Power Company will generate an approximate 1,050MW of power once complete.