Ketraco told to give better pay in Kajiado land compensation

From (left) MP Peris Tobiko, MCA Daniel Kanchori, Governor David Nkedianye, MP Moses Sakuda and ODM politician, Joseph Simel at Sandalwood Resort Club in Kitengela on Monday.
From (left) MP Peris Tobiko, MCA Daniel Kanchori, Governor David Nkedianye, MP Moses Sakuda and ODM politician, Joseph Simel at Sandalwood Resort Club in Kitengela on Monday.

A war of words has emerged between the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company and Kajiado leaders over compensation for community land.

Ketraco has offered to pay Kajiado Maasai land owners Sh250,000 per acre.

It will use the land as power way leave across the region.

Leaders have opposed the idea, saying land owners in Makueni and Machakos were paid better.

Governor David Nkedianye said he suspected foul play from Ketraco in the payouts.

He met other leaders at Sandalwood Resort Club in Kitengela town on Monday.

The MPs are Moses Sakuda (Kajiado West), Mary Seneta (women’s representative), Peris Tobiko (Kajiado East) and Kajiado West ODM politician Joseph Simel.

Nkedianye pledged to rally the people to ensure Ketraco pays them what they are demanding.

Tobiko said it is unfortunate that Kajiado communities have been grappling with the issue since 2010.

She said Ketraco should not offer the people 10 per cent of their land’s value.

Sakuda said Ketraco paid the people of Makueni 85 per cent of the land value.

“The time for frustrating the Maasai people is over, we are not second-class citizens,” she said.

Simel urged residents to scrutinise land deals before entering pacts with investors.