Residents express displeasure with SGR citing extensive damages to houses

One of the houses in Jomvu Sub-County that was damaged as a result of use of explosives in construction of the SGR PHOTO Janet Murikira

Mombasa,KENYA:A few weeks after the launch of the Standard Gauge Railway, a section of residents of Maganda village in Jomvu sub-county remain an unhappy lot.

The residents whose residential houses developed deep cracks as a result of the intensity of explosives used to drill  rocks to pave way for construction of some parts of the Standard Gauge railway, say they are living in fear of their houses caving in on them.

Despite launching formal complaints, the residents claim they have not yet received any form of compensation from the Kenya railways corporation .

The residents are accusing those involved in compensation of those affected by the railway of nepotism claiming  majority of those who were compensated, are those whose houses are located far away from the railway and whose houses were not much affected by the intensity .

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Peter Mwakideu who whose house is approximately 60 metres from the railway, says his wife escaped death narrowly after their house crumbled in June 2016.

He  says his name was omitted from the list of those who were compensated despite having launched a formal complain.

“Some officials came did an assessment of the damage and wrote our names down but when the compensation list was out, most of those who appeared in the list are those whose houses did not develop deep cracks.” Mwakideu told Baraka FM.

However, a few weeks ago during the launch of the Mwache dam project, the Lands commissioner Mohamed Swazuri said that  so far everyone who had been affected by the construction of the SGR had been compensated.