Residents oppose Sh30 billion Arror dam, stop survey
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.