Petitioners seek Sh2b for land in rail project (Kwale County)

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Joackim Bwana] Residents of Kwale are seeking to lift orders that stopped theNational Land Commission (NLC) from compensating them Sh2 billion for land acquired for the railway project. In an application filed at the Lands and Environment Court in Mombasa, the residents of Kwale want the court to allow NLC to…


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Article: New law to guide acquiring of land for public use – Washe Kazungu

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Share      [Source: Business Daily, by Washe Kazungu] Kenya’s economic blueprint, Vision 2030, identifies infrastructure as one of the cornerstones upon which the country shall achieve the goal of becoming a middle-income economy. This infrastructure component is what guided the previous and current administrations to always include such projects in their agenda of development. As a result,…


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Locals demand fast compensation for fluorspar mining land (Elgeyo Marakwet County)

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Fred Kibor] Residents whose land was taken for extraction of fluoride in at Kerio Valley almost 50 years ago are yet to be compensated. The landowners surrendered some 9,070 acres to the Kenya Fluorspar Mining Company in the 1970s. The mining company ceased operations at Kerio Valley three years ago. Under Kimwarer…


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Treasury put under pressure over road expansion project (Nairobi)

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Kamau Maichuhie] Residents affected by the ongoing expansion of James Gichuru Junction-Rironi road yesterday camped outside Treasury Building in Nairobi to demand compensation for land taken up by the project. The residents drawn from Kinoo, Gitaru, Sigona, Rironi, Uthiru and Kangemi staged a protest outside the Finance ministry offices demanding to…


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Ketraco secures wayleaves to take geothermal power to Kisumu

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Dalton Nyabundi] Supply of geothermal power to western Kenya will begin in April next year, Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco) says. Friday, Ketraco’s land economist Charles Oguoko said the 220kV/ 400kV Olkaria-Lessos-Kisumu line will be completed and energised by next year, giving the region its first supply of renewable energy. Mr…


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Govt warns of arrests as Kenyans ‘play compensation game’

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Share      [Source: Daily Nation, by Baya Samuel] The government has warned people who coalesce around government-owned projects and issue conditions and ultimatums for the implementation. Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya said this noting that Kenyans seek compensation as soon as they get wind of government projects in their areas. “Others go to the extent of…


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Locals evicted from dam site stay put (Nakuru County)

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Julius Chepkwony] More than 1,000 families evicted for the second time by the police from the site of the stalled multi-billion shilling Itare Dam in Kuresoi South have vowed to stay put. Even after the Government on Tuesday demolished makeshift structures erected by the families at the site, the evictees refused…


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Surveyors fault new land compensation rules, call for review

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Share      [Source: Business Daily, by Magdalene Wanja] Surveyors have faulted the new land compensation rules, asking for urgent revision just month after President Uhuru Kenyatta endorsed them. Among the changes contained in the land value amendment Act 2019 is that the State will now take at least one year to process payment for land acquired for…


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