Life hasn't been easy for residents of Kagony and Korando area in Kisumu County as they have been living like squatters in their ancestral land. This has been happening for the past decade after signing a deal with the national government.
To add salt to injury, the families are in possession of legal paperwork that shows that they were paid millions by the government and are supposed to move out. They are also barred from carrying out farming activities.
The land in contention was taken allegedly by force by the Kenya National Highways Authority, KENHA, for use in the construction of the Northern Bypass Road Project. They were awarded Sh900million by National Land Commission to serve as compensation.
However, the residents have not received the money eleven years down the line. The land officially belongs to KeNHA and hence planting any crop is legal and may land one in trouble.
“I was compelled to bury my son 12 metres away from my house as the local administrators and security officers ensured that the grave was dug beyond the demarcated area, a distance away from the designated burial point,” Shem Okelo, an affected resident, narrated.
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