Lamu port land owners receive KES 700 million compensation
11 March 2015, 13:40
Lamu - The second phase of compensating 88 people who were affected by the Lamu port project has kicked off.
The chairman of National Lands Commission, Mohammed Swazuri said that the government had released KES 700 million to compensate some 88 people by Friday this week.
Speaking at Kililana in Lamu, Swazuri said that the government has already released the compensation money which is due to be released to the beneficiaries.
He further said that the government had been forced to delay the release of the funds and even freeze some account after discovering foul play amongst some individuals claiming to be the beneficiaries.
“We were forced to freeze six accounts to allow investigations on how they came into possession of the said land. Some other 12 accounts are riddled with family wrangles and 17 individual gave wrong bank accounts,” said Swazuri.
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He said that some individuals were giving conflicting information of their acreage, which has also hindered the disbursement of the funds and hence forcing them to conduct new surveys.
The second batch of compensation comes barely a month after the release of the first batch of KES 860 million that was released to 157 people. Only 122 received their pay as 35 await approval and clearance of their bank accounts.
He however assured the residents that his commission will resolve all the disputes and all the affected families be compensated.
“The government is fully committed to compensate all the affected individuals. The delay has majorly been caused by the verification process and that should not create panic amongst you,” Swazuri said.
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