The Senate, Land, Environment and Natural Resource Committee under the Chairmanship of Nyandarua Senator Mwangi Githiomi today visited VET Farm on a fact-finding mission, over allegations that the Chinese constructing the SGR is operating illegal quarries within the farm. He was accompanied by nominated Senator Victor Pringei and CAS Environment and Forestry Mohammed Elmi. Oloolua MCA Martin Kimemia and former Kajiado Senator Peter Mositet were also present.
Keekonyokie Community Trust which claims to be the rightful owners of VET farm was well represented. The Trust chairman Mr. Stephen Mparingoi said there are four illegal quarry sites within vet farm. He further said the excavation may be affecting water sources such as those in Empakasi Forest. He demanded that excavation stop immediately until the Senate committee gives a report on their findings. Mr Mparingoi also clarified that the Keekonyokie Trust is not against government projects and they have given the SGR project full support. The Chairman also demanded the immediate removal of Vet Farm Manager Mr. Kiok.
MCA Kimemia said the excavation shows impunity by the Chinese firm. He further said the Chinese firm should have informed the community prior to expanding the areas of excavation.
Senator Githiomi in response to the demands to stop further excavation until they report back on their findings said, due process must be followed. He requested the Senate committee be allowed to sit down and deliberate on their findings. He promised to give a report within 2 weeks.
The Chinese contractor did not have a representative during the meeting and therefore we were not able to get their side of the story