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Sotik residents won’t allow homes to be demolished before compensation

17 March 2016, 13:41 Geoffrey Kimagut

Bomet - Residents from Ndanai trading center of Sotik Constituency, Bomet County, have vowed that they will not accept any of their structures that have been earmarked for demolition to be brought down until they are compensated.

The residents who held a demonstration accused the national government for taking them in circles and compensating only a few individuals.

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Led by John Ngetich and Joel Chumo, they said over 158 buildings have been earmarked for demolition as the national government tarmacs the Ndanai-Obosi road.

“We have been waiting for the compensation since 2012. We fear that if the buildings are demolished we will never be compensated and that is why we are telling the government to pay us first,” said Ngetich.

They said the structures, most of them shops, have been a source of livelihoods for them and demolishing them will be disrupting their source of livelihoods.

“We have been operating businesses in the said structures and should they just be demolished without proper compensation our lives will be irreparably be disrupted. Most of us run businesses which have enabled us pay school fees for our children,” said Ngetich.

They accused their Member of Parliament who is also the National Assembly Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso for doing little to help them.

“We have severally raised this issue with our MP but she has not been of much help. All we get from her is promises and more promises. We don’t need more promises but compensation,” said Chumo.

But when contacted for comments, Laboso termed the demonstration as politically instigated and maintained that those who have not been compensated lack clear documentation on who should be paid.

She said a majority of those affected have been compensated and asked those yet to be compensated to clear issues of inheritance and succession.

“The timing of this demo comes after our political opponents realize that we are committed in delivering on the pledges we gave to our people. We are telling them that we shall neither be distracted nor be intimidated in our resolve to bring development for our people,” said Laboso.

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