Hundreds of Bunyala residents who have been displaced by the World Bank Lower Nzoia Irrigation Project worth Ksh10billion have been allocated Ksh451million for compensation, Chief Administrative Secretary Gideon Mung’aro from the Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning has said.
Speaking when he paid a courtesy call to Busia Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi on Monday, Mung’aro said the National Government will live up to its expectations and compensate the affected families well.
Deputy Governor Mulomi urged the CAS to ensure the exercise was done appropriately and fairly. He thanked the national Government for availing 8000 title deeds for various projects within Bunyala Sub County.
The CAS said the seven acre Airstrip land that belongs to the Kenya Airports Authority will be re-surveyed and made available to the County Government for development of a park.
“The National Government will provide advisory services to enable the County Government resurvey all its public land including those acquired illegally by private entrepreneurs,” he said.
Mung’aro said Busia the registry at the DC offices is congested and called for collaboration between the National and County Governments and Matayos Constituency Development Fundy to build ARDHI House that will house both national and county Lands officers including the CECM for Lands, adding that plot is already available.
Mulomi raised the issue of the Kisumu-Busia road which the British High Commission had donated Ksh200million through Trade Mark East Africa for its dualization from the Border point to Korinda, adding that the Kenya National Highway Authority had not taken any action.
The CAS noted that that the quality of the Kisumu-Busia road was wanting and pledged to consult appropriately with relevant department to have the vital road serving Kenya and the Great Lakes Region expanded.
The DG said Nasewa land to be recovered by the National Government will be put to good use by the County Government and especially construction of an Airport and an Industrial Park.
He sad the Rapid Results initiative committee to be chaired by the County Commissioner will help solve cases of families whose pieces of land are entangled in succession wrangles.
Those in attendance included Chief Officers Ezekiel Okwach (Office of the Governor), Andrew Otiti (Office of the Deputy Governor) and County Lands Registrar Tom Chepkwesi among others.