Scores left out in Land Commission compensation deal

Over 80 residents of Athi River in Mavoko sub-county claim their names have been left out of the National Land Commission (NLC) land compensation deal list

The locals are among hundreds of others to be displaced from their land along Mombasa Road to pave way for the construction of the dual-carriage way between the Athi River Interchange and the Machakos junction in Kyumbi.

According to the affected residents, their names had been in the NLC and Kenya National Highways Authority list since the initial stages of the compensation process

Harrison Mutiso, one of the affected traders wondered why his name had gone missing during the last minute of the compensation process.

Mutiso who talked to the press at the Mavoko Chief’s office in Athi River town during the signing of awards by those affected by the project bewailed the move terming it unfair.

We are shocked to be told by officers from the National Lands Commission that we will not be compensated since our names are not in their list, said Mutiso.

Mutiso who has been operating a garage at Devki since 2015 said he could not understand how his name was omitted in the list while his colleague and others are entitled for compensation.

Another resident Eunice Mwanza said her business was among those inspected and valued by surveyors and contractors of the project a couple of months ago.

Mwanza who runs a kiosk located along Kinanie road said it was so painful to learn that she was not among those to be compensated given that there was no single meeting called by the project’s stakeholders which she missed

The victims say they suspect foul play and are now calling for government’s intervention to ensure they get justice before their properties are demolished.

Efforts to have the NLC officials who led the signing of the compensation awards documents comment on the matter proved futile as they declined to speak to the press.

The affected residents include landlords, tenants and other small scale traders operating kiosks, shops, garages, hotels among other businesses along the highway.

Source: Kenya News Agency