Embakasi land settlers demand KSh2.7B c*mpensation

Tuesday, April 16th, 2024 03:09 | By
Dupoto Settlement Scheme display their title deeds. PHOTO/Charles Mathai
Dupoto Settlement Scheme display their title deeds. PHOTO/Charles Mathai

Over 200 members of the Dupoto Settlement Scheme in Embakasi South Constituency have moved to court seeking compensation of Sh2.7 billion for acquisition of their land by Kenya Railway Corporation (KRC).

In their application, the members, through lawyer Peter Ochieng, said the only benefited a few individuals, leaving out bona fide members. Settlers on the 94 hectares want the High Court to compel the trustees to divide the remaining 39 hectares after 55 hectares were sold to the corporation.

In a petition dated March 14, the settlers have petitioned the court to compel the government to pay them following compulsory acquisition of their land to construct the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).
The settlers, led by Konene Ole Nkuru, John Saruni and Putita Topoika, have listed National Land Commission, KRC, Ministry of Lands, Kenya Commercial Bank Limited and Dupoto Embakasi Township as respondents.

They claim the government acquired the land through KRC for development of the railway, and that the Sh2.7 billion was released to pay them.

“Bona fide members of the scheme were not paid, instead the money went to a few individual’s pockets leaving deserving men, women and children suffering,”said the victims.

The settlers want the Environment and Land Court to issue an order directing KRC to return their land.

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