Swazuri given week to give status of SGR land payments

March 10, 2016 4:28 pm
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 Swazuri says they are carrying out public reviews to ascertain ownership of allotment letters which are some of the issues affecting the payout process/FILE
Swazuri says they are carrying out public reviews to ascertain ownership of allotment letters which are some of the issues affecting the payout process/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 10 – The National Land Commission chair Mohamed Swazuri has until next week to give a conclusive report on status of compensating land owners affected by the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project.

Speaking during his appearance before the National Assembly Lands Committee, Swazuri says they are carrying out public reviews to ascertain ownership of allotment letters which are some of the issues affecting the payout process.

He reiterated that the compensation process is ongoing.

The National Lands Commission has put the acreage for the standard gauge railway compensation at 4616.164 hectares translating to Sh30billion.

The MPs also sought to know why the Kenya Railways Corporation is making payments and acquiring land for the SGR project yet it’s the commissions mandate as an independent institute.

“Your commission is supposed to determine how the process is carried out to avoid corruption and for accountability purpose,” said Funyula MP Paul Otuoma.

The committees also termed the report presented by the National Lands Commission as being inconclusive as it didn’t answer on the mains issues.

Chaired by Naivasha MP John Kihagi, the Lands Committee summoned Swazuri to appear before it on Thursday next week to discuss among other pertinent issues the number of people who have been compensated, the process being used to compensate land owners and disparity in the issuance of payments.

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