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Owners paid for Nairobi-Naivasha rail land told to vacate



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Abigael Mukolwe. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Families paid millions of shillings in five counties to facilitate construction of the 120-kilometre Nairobi-Naivasha Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line must vacate to facilitate the project’s completion.

Kenya Railways acting managing director Philip Mainga said the contractor was keen to take possession of the parcels of land to continue with construction of the Sh150 billion project set for commissioning on May 31, 2019.

Mr Mainga said all compensatory details for the affected 1,810 families in Nairobi, Kiambu, Kajiado, Nakuru and Narok counties had been completed and payments made since last October.

“We are keen to extend the Madaraka Express Passenger and Freight Services to Suswa upon completion of Phase 2A, which requires that affected families co-operate and allow the contractor to take over the land,” he said in a newspaper advert.

The project ran into trouble after affected families vowed to stay put claiming to have been underpaid and others had their names omitted in the payments list.

But National Land Commission (NLC) denied the claims saying payments had been stopped after it was discovered some parcels’ payments had been exaggerated.

Acting NLC chairman Abigael Mukolwe said this saw earlier payment amounts reduced to Sh7.4 billion but declined to disclose the formerly inflated amounts.