Residents Advised To Invest Compensation Funds Prudently
With the dualling of the Kenol-Sagana-Marua road picking up pace, residents expected to receive compensation for their lands have been advised to use the money wisely.
Speaking from Karatina Stadium, Nyeri County Commissioner Lyford Kibaara counselled them to invest the expected 'boon’ wisely to secure their future free of poverty.
Kibaara was addressing a public participation forum with affected residents, service providers, National Lands Commission (NLC), KeNHA officials and the contractor.
The meeting in Mathira East sub-county was convened to seek consensus between the parties involved to avoid painful disruptions and ensure the project is implemented smoothly.
“If there is any dispute, we want to settle it amicably so that the project is implemented on time,” Kibaara said.
The Kenol-Sagana-Marua dual carriageway is a segment of the proposed 219km Kenol-Isiolo dual carriageway – a key part of the Northern Corridor road networks.
The project, which is under the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) is jointly financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the government of Kenya.
Speaking during the same occasion, Nyeri County NLC official Ms Naomi Kamau assured the residents that funds are available to compensate them.
She, however, said only parcels without disputes will be paid and urged residents with land issues to fast-track resolutions and to ensure their title deeds are in order.
“Every development on the lands, buildings, crops, trees and others will be inspected and paid at the prevailing market prices,” she added.
Kenya Railways inspector in charge of the Nairobi-Nanyuki route George Kariuki hailed Mathira residents for the cooperation they exhibited during the rehabilitation of the railway line and urged them to demonstrate the same during the construction of the dual carriage road.
He added that the road is one of the projects geared towards the achievement of Vision 2030 and asked the residents to focus more on the future for a more prosperous country.
The 84km Kenol-Marua section is set to be ready for use by June 2023. Once complete, the Kenol-Isiolo dual carriageway will connect to the recently completed Isiolo-Marsabit-Moyale road to link northern Kenya to the rest of the country.