Kenya: Dam Project Will Displaced 80.000 Person

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Kenya: Dam Project Will Displaced 80.000 Person
By: Jessicah Nyaboke
27 October 2011
 

A group of Bungoma activists have moved to court to block the proposed construction of the multi-billion shilling River Nzoia dam. In their case filed at the Eldoret High Court, the group said the dam is being constructed to supply water for irrigation, sand harvesting and to generate power.

They further stated that the construction of the dam, funded by the World Bank, will displace more than 80,000 people. Joseph Makokha said the residents have strongly opposed the move saying they were not consulted. "If constructed, the dam will affect the livelihood of many residents who derive their living from farming," said Makokha.

The residents said they have lived in the area for decades, and vowed that they will not allow the government to evict them. He said projects should be taken to Budalangi where it will benefit the residents and save them from frequent flooding caused by the rains. "We have heard that we will be compensated Sh150,000 per acre yet an acre of land this days goes for Sh500,000," the lawyer said.

The case appeared before Justice Asangalala Mushilla, who issued a directive to NEMA, the Attorney General Office, Lands Office and Ministry of Water, to present their papers to the court to show cause why they needed to construct the dam. "I have given the above ministries a 30 day notice before the case proceeds for hearing on October 29," said the judge.

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