Res­i­dents op­pose Sh30 bil­lion Ar­ror dam, stop sur­vey

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

The pro­posed Sh30 bil­lion Ar­ror mul­ti­pur­pose dam in Marak­wet con­tin­ues to face re­sis­tance from res­i­dents, who say they have been ig­nored in its plan­ning.

Last week, the Ke­rio Val­ley De­vel­op­ment Author­ity re­as­sured res­i­dents they will be fully com­pen­sated be­fore con­struc­tion be­gins. But on Sun­day an­gry res­i­dents stopped a sur­vey by ex­perts hired by the KVDA.

Led by Ti­mothy Yego, they said sur­vey­ors started lay­ing bound­ary bea­cons with­out ask­ing them. “We were shocked to find strangers, in­clud­ing white peo­ple sur­vey­ing our lands, with­out in­volv­ing any sin­gle leader or vil­lager,” he said. Yego said the author­ity does not con­sult them, even af­ter they raised their con­cerns.

“We will con­tinue resisting con­struc­tion of this dam un­til the gov­ern­ment in­volves us. We have been kept in the dark for a long time,” Yego said. Lo­cal lead­ers led by Se­na­tor Kipchumba Murkomen and Gov­er­nor Alex Tol­gos vis­ited the site last month and promised to col­lab­o­rate with the KVDA and or­gan­ise more meet­ings.

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