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MP promises compensation for Kibwezi-Kitui road victims

Makali says leaders have not forgotten those displaced by the ongoing construction.

In Summary
  • He however said that inadequate budget provisions to Kehna have remained a major hinderance to the long awaited compensation.
  • The affected persons said their sources of income were affected when their homes, business premises and rental houses were demolished.
Construction workers busy at work during the ongoing tarmacking of the Kibwezi-Kitui-Mbomdoni road.
MEN AT WORK Construction workers busy at work during the ongoing tarmacking of the Kibwezi-Kitui-Mbomdoni road.
Image: Musembi Nzengu

Kitui Central MP Makali Mulu has assured families displaced by the ongoing tarmacking  of Kibwezi-Kitui-Mbodoni road that they will be compensated. 

“Compensation of our people for the land taken during Kibwezi- Kitui road construction remains our agenda number one as Kitui county MPs,” said Makali in a statement he issued on Thursday.

More than 5,000 persons affected by the road  construction have threatened to mobilise and vote the current crop of elected leaders.

They are bitter that some of them live in squalor without any dwelling places.

The statement read to the media  by their spokesperson Joseph Malusi said the group have been waiting for compensation  2017.

They have further appealed for the “fatherly intervention" by president Uhuru Kenyatta to ensure they were compensated.

Kitui Central MP Makali Mulu.
PUSH Kitui Central MP Makali Mulu.
Image: Musembi Nzengu

Makali, who chairs the Ukambani Parliamentary Group, however said that inadequate budget provisions to Kehna have remained a major hinderance to the long awaited compensation.

“We assure our people this matter of land compensation remains top priority and will be pursued to the logical conclusion,” he added.

The affected persons said their sources of income were affected when their homes, business premises and rental houses were demolished.

“Some of us have been reduced to paupers, squatters and vagabonds without anywhere to call home and with no source of income," they said.

“We have suffered for five painful years. Some of us have died due to depression and psychological stress caused by the ceaseless wait for the compensation money."

(edited by Amol Awuor)