BY MAZERA NDURVYA
Residents living around the area where the multi-billion shilling Mwache dam will be built want the issue of compensation and other demands met before the project could start in the Mazera-Kasemeni villages of Kinango Constituency.
The residents who met the Parliamentary environment, water and natural resources Committee were categorical on their demands that include employment opportunities, water distribution and full involvement of the local and communities in all project decision.
The Committee led by Kareke Mbiuki assured the residents that the project will not commence until all affected persons are fully compensated.
Kinango MP Dalu Tayari said another meeting with ministry officials, the Parliamentary committee instructed them to exercise transparency, involvement of local leadership, factor water distribution for the local community in their design and finally ensure that residents from the area cater for the largest workforce when the project commences.
Over 3,000 people will be displaced in the Sh14.5 billion World Bank funded project that is expected to pump in over 196,000 cubic metres of water to Mombasa and Kwale Counties. According to the National Lands Commission, the project will require about 1,600 acres of land and will involve the displacement of thousands of people whose livelihoods and assets will also be affected.