Investigations into alleged misappropriation of SGR compensation for fishermen launched

Locals walking outside Likoni police station.PHOTO:FILE

Mombasa, KENYA:Police in Likoni Mombasa county,have launched investigations into claims of  mismanagement of millions,of shillings that was released by the Government to compensate Mtongwe fishermen who have been evicted to give way construction of the multi billion Standard Railway Gauge railway.

Likoni Police chief  Willy  Simba on Monday said they had received written complains from over 80 fishermen who were left out during the compensation exercise,and  investigations into the matter had already began.

He said that the  fisherman had filed complains against four executive office bearers whom they alleged that they had colluded with the Mtongwe fisheries office,to strike out the fishermen’s,name and include names of their relatives,or people who were willing to share their compensation money with.

”We have received the complains from the fishermen and from there we will pursue the matter,” said the police boss.

A section of the eighty fishermen  left out in  the compensation  scheme had thronged  at the Likoni police station to lodge a complain over  the matter.

Led by their chairman Bakari Omar,the members said  each member affected were to get sh 7 million after a survey was done.

“Instead our leaders sneak in the names of their relatives leaving out the affected people, they put in the names of other people leaving us in poverty,”said  a  tearful Mr Omar.