Wamalwa steps in to resolve Thwake dam pay dispute

Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa follows proceedings during the signing of the Kenyan Chapter of the Billion Dollar Alliance for Rainwater Harvesting (BDBA) Partnership at the World Agroforestry Centre in Gigiri, Nairobi on April 11,2017. He is expected to resolve Thwake Dam pay dispute. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • In this year’s budget, Sh2.4 billion had been set aside to compensate 519 families residing in the area after surveying and valuation was done, with the government buying an acre for Sh180,000.
  • Sources at Maji House revealed that the ministry which supervised the surveying and valuation of the project land has demanded that the commission justifies its demand for more funds and launched its own internal probe.
  • Two weeks ago, the AfDB rejected the contract award to the second lowest bidder STECOL Corporation (Sino Hydro Tianjin Engineering Co Ltd), which quoted Sh39.5 billion.

The government has stepped in to resolve the controversy surrounding compensation and resettlement of people affected by Sh62.3 billion Thwake dam project.


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