Makueni Governor Prof Kivutha Kibwana has ordered Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) to compensate residents who have lost their property due to oil spillage in Kiboko and Thange areas.
On Tuesday, Prof Kibwana said that if the state corporation fails to do this, he will move to the International Court of Justice to seek reparation for his people.
"Our people have lost water sources and thousands of acres of land under irrigation and fish farms orchestrated by an oil spill at Kioko from the new Kenya pipeline," Kivutha said.
"The people must be compensated for this loss or they will be forced to seek justice even internationally," he added.
The governor went ahead to tell KPC that it should correct the mess before it snowballs into a humanitarian problem.
"A masive oil spillage from the new Kenya pipeline is causing loss of livelihoods to thousands of Makueni residents," he said a Facebook post on Tuesday.
The governor has since threatened to sue the government of Kenya and the Kenya Pipeline Company at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), reports Musyi FM.
The Water Resource Authority has also since issued a warning to the residents against using the water from River Kiboko following the oil spillage.