In Summary
  • Political leaders from the region have already demanded that the project be shelved till proper consultations are done.

  • Those who spoke to Nation say those fronting the project are yet to talk about compensation for land.

  • Former Kitutu Masaba MP Timothy Bosire protested the killing, joining in the calls for public participation.

One person has been shot dead in Bonyunyu, Nyamira County villagers protested the planned construction of a controversial dam.

Police also arrested three people – among them two women – even as villagers said they are not ready for the project.

The deceased, Mr Jomo Nyanguti, had confronted police officers guarding a team of surveyors doing mapping at the site where the dam is to be built.

One officer was injured in the eye during the confrontations.

Construction is set to begin in August this year.

CONSULTATIONS

Political leaders from the region have already demanded that the project be shelved till proper consultations are done.

The residents Tuesday said they will not allow the project to go on accusing the government of a plot to grab land from them.

Those who spoke to Nation say those fronting the project are yet to talk about compensation for land where the dam will built.

However, others said they will not allow the project go on whether public participations is carried out or not.

They said the project is being imposed on them.

“If the project is genuine then they can as well take it to the Kisii County government which is fronting it. They have River Kuja and can as well use it,” said John Omambia, a Nyamira resident.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Former Kitutu Masaba MP Timothy Bosire protested the killing, joining in the calls for public participation.

He said all the government is doing is an attempt to arm-twist the residents into agreeing to the construction of the dam yet no public participation has been done as required by law.

“Gachuba’s Bonyunyu land is no idle land, it is inhabited and the people want the truth because they may be displaced. They must be told in no uncertain terms what lies in store for them when the project is being set up,” Mr Bosire told Nation by phone.

He said it could only be deemed an act of wisdom if public participation is done.

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