H.E Governor Eng. Alex Tolgos EGH attended a consultative meeting today in Iten regarding the planned establishment of SH63 billion Arror and Kimwarer multi-purpose dams in Elgeyo Marakwet county.
Key stakeholders Kerio Valley Development Authority KVDA and Kenya National Land Commission NLC were in the county to brief the local leadership on the status of the implementation process.
According to the implementing agency, the resettlement process for families who will be affected is on course and land to resettle them has already been found.
NLC Chairman Mohamed Swazuri, KVDA MD David Kimosop and officials of the company awarded the tender CMC Itinera JV , Keiyo South MP Daniel Rono alongside County Assembly Speaker Kiplagat Sabulei, County Commissioner Dr Ahmed Omar and representatives of the households targeted for displacement were in attendance.
Addressing the meeting held at Elgon Valley Hotel, Governor Tolgos asked the agencies to ensure the local community was adequately informed about the project implementation process.
" In areas where people don't have land ownership documents, they should be assured of compensation because that's their biggest worry," said Tolgos.
The Governor said majority of land owners in the area do not have tittle deeds and the situation could pose a challenge to the process if it was not addressed.
" Infact citizen engagement meetings such as this should be held on the ground especially at the project site instead of hotels in Town," said the Governor.
Mr Swazuri however assured the county chief that every land owner with or without tittle deed will be compensated provided they proved to be the real owners through their respective sub-location assistant chiefs.
Mr Kimosop said the official ground breaking of the project will commence in June this year.
The resettlement proces will cost the government about Sh.5.8 billion, Kimosop said adding that it will be implemented in phases starting those living at the exact location where the facility will be established.