KETRACO Reaches Land Compensation Deal In Kajiado
Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) and residents of Matapato North and South in Kajiado County have reached an agreement over land compensation, ending a row that had lasted over eight years.
The stalemate over land compensation had stalled the transmission of electricity along the 90KM Isinya-Namanga line after locals rejected the Ksh800,000 per acre compensation as valued by the National Lands Commission.
The residents claimed their land, which lies along Mailwa and Lorngosua, had been under-valued and rejected the compensation while vowing to block works along the line.
KETRACO Chairman Joe Mutambo and Kajiado Governor Joseph Lenku together with the affected land owners in a meeting held in Mail Tisa on Thursday, agreed to compensation of Ksh1.2 million per acre.
Mutambo noted that the eight-year-old dispute had slowed down works on the line and he was happy that an agreement had been reached for works on the power line to resume.
He revealed that over 500 land owners would be compensated and their homes connected to electricity.
“All the affected land owners will receive the new compensation deal; we are glad that this matter has been agreed on amicably. Work should resume on this line as soon as possible” said Mutambo.
Governor Joseph Lenku noted that the stalemate had resulted in suspicion and bad blood between KETRACO and the local community.
“It is a breakthrough for our people after KETRACO agreed to value land along their Isinya-Namanga way leave at Ksh1.2 Million per acre from Ksh800,000 offered years ago by NLC. I look forward to the payout very soon to end the suffering of local land owners,” said Lenku.