Raaya Residents of Garissa County Were Not Compensated for Land Allocated to the National Grid

Raaya Residents of Garissa County Were Not Compensated for Land Allocated to the National Grid

Residents of Raaya of Garissa county, a suburban 20 kms from Garissa town whose pieces of land were encourashed during the National Grid connection are up in arms against denied compensation claims. The owners of the land through which the electricity poles pass have not been compensated. They complain about highhanded county commission office who they accuse of denying them their rights to compensation.

Mr Guhad Abdikarim Ahmed who said he lives in Raaya since he was 14 years old and is now aged 67 decried the unfair denial by authorities to compensate for their land. “Our rights have been ignored and we are treated unfairly. We are Kenyans and we demand for our rights like any other Kenyan” said Mzee Guhad.

Mr Muhumed Abdullahi Roble said our homes have been demolished and our rights to compensation denied. “When this project was been undertaken all leaders both County and national government represented by the Majority Leader came here and promised us that we will be compensated for our land, we have our allotment letters with area chief’s seal of approval and yet we have been denied compensation”. Mr Roble said that the county commissioner and other administrators informed them that the compensation money is not for individuals but for contractors.

The affected residents who include orphans and widows are calling county and national authorities to ensure their compensation is paid without further delay.