Kiambu County Governor Ferdinand Waititu has asked the Jubilee government to consider compensating residents of Kiriki and Kanyoni who were displaced to pave way for the construction of the Karimenu dam.
Speaking on Tuesday at Gituamba area within Kiambu County, the Governor said the government through the National Lands Commission (NLC) should compensate area residents before the construction of the proposed dam commences.
"Uhuru's government should consider compensating the residents by availing them alternative land within Kiambu as well as fully compensating them the value for putting up new houses as well other social amenities that they enjoyed before. This is what all the families whose land shall be used for the dam construction have been advocating for," he said.
The county boss faulted the Commission under the leadership of chairman Prof Muhammad Swazuri
for proposing to give cash compensations solely.
"I am happy that the residents objected the cash proposal compensations since the money may not be enough to reinstate them back to their initial position," said Waititu.
He promised to work closely with Gatundu North MP Wanjiku Kibe to ensure the locals get compensation failure to which the dam will not be constructed.
Karimenu dam is set to occupy 371 acres where about 400 families will have to be relocated.
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