SGR Land Compensation Rocked With Fraudulent Payments

A multi-billion shilling land compensation project for the Nairobi-Naivasha standard gauge railway (SGR) has been stopped after an audit revealed the payments had been inflated.

The National Land Commission (NLC) says in the latest gazette notice that it has stopped payments for 1,674 parcels of land estimated at 2,544 acres in a freeze that could further delay the Sh150 billion line.

The affected parcels of land are between Syokimau and Mai Mahiu. The irregularities come weeks after fraudulent land compensation for the Nairobi-Mombasa SGR line led to the prosecution of NLC chairman Mohammad Swazuri and Kenya Railways chief executive Atanas Maina among other senior officials of the two state agencies.

Acting NLC chair Abigael Mukolwe on Friday said that valuation had reduced claims to Sh7.4 billion but declined to disclose the initial inflated amount.

The notice posted in last Friday’s gazette notice said individual landowners will be at liberty to view the new compensation awards at NLC and respective locational chiefs’ offices between November 5 to 7.  More details on The Business Daily.