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Compensate Kwale locals affected by Mwache, SGR project, government told

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[Kwale women Representative Zuleikha Juma speaking in parliament. Photo/Alloys Musyoka]

Kwale women Representative Zuleikha Juma has asked two Cabinet secretaries to ensure locals affected by two multi-billion projects in the County are compensated.

The legislature on Wednesday sought through the parliament to know when locals affected by Mwache Dam and Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) projects will be given their dues.

In a question pursuant to parliament standing orders 42A (5) Juma asked the Cabinet secretary for Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development James Macharia on “when will the residents of Mwamdudu area in Kwale County who were affected during the construction of the (SGR) will be compensated,”?

Mwamdudu is one of the areas where locals were adversely affected by the SGR project but most of them had their land taken without compensation up-to-date.

Some were either evicted without notice or their houses brought down without pay while others were left in dangerous areas after part of their land was taken.

Her question was directed to the parliamentary departmental committee on Transport, Public Works and Housing.

The ODM member of parliament went on to ask the cabinet secretary for Water and Irrigation Simon Chelugui  when  the residents of Mwache area, Kwale County who were affected by the construction of Mwache Dam will be compensated.

The question was directed to parliamentary departmental committee on Environment and Natural resources.

Locals in the area have expressed fear in the way the project is being undertaken with majority saying they don’t know when they will be compensated and where they are supposed to relocate.

This happened in parliament as the water CS accompanied by NLC commissioners met locals affected by the Mwache multipurpose dam which is yet to start on Wednesday.