MERISHO: “We Want fair compensation For Our Land”

Residents of Merisho who will be affected by the SGR held a consultative meeting yesterday 20th May at Merisho Catholic Church, to forge the way forward in order to get a fair compensation for their land.

Mr Gatheru addressing the residents

The meeting came after claims that they will be paid Ksh1 million (an eighth) which equals to Ksh8 million per acre in comparison to their neighbors from Nkoroi who according to a statement explained by Mr Gatheru and chairman of those affected by the SGR in Merisho, that the they will be paid Ksh7.5 million (Quarter acre) which comes to Ksh30 million per acre.

The 22 million shillings difference in compensation fee has left some Merisho residents alleging discrimination because they are less wealthy than their Nkoroi neighbors.

Mr Gathua (Right) showing residents a copy of petition

One of the residents told our reporter “we need an explanation of how land divided by a fence, same soil can have a value difference of Ksh22 million”

FACTS ABOUT MERISHO AND NKOROI

  • Nkoroi and Merisho are both in Olkeri ward and represented in Kajiado County Assembly by Hon. Gitau.
  • The senior chief of both areas is Jonathan Kirori.
  • Both areas are in Kajido North Constituency and represented in the National assembly by Hon. Manje.
Hon. Manje Personal Assistant Mr Kinyua

Hon Manje was expected to attend the meeting and give updates regarding a petition he presented to the National Assembly over the compensation concerns in Kajiado North. He did not attend as he was on an official trip abroad according to his PA Kinyua.  The MP PA further said the petition hearing will be heard on the 29th May 2018.

Residents in attendance

There is a planned meeting this week at Nkoroi with the National land commission where land owners will be presented with a compensation offer.

Residents in attendance
Concerned Resident
Residents in attendance