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Compensation row delays Ketraco project in Nyandarua

The Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco) is entangled in a compensation row with landowners in Nyandarua, set to delay the construction of a high voltage power line.

A committee pushing for the compensation deal said Ketraco has to address issues raised by landowners before construction work starts.

The committee comprises the Senator Muriuki Karue, the county commissioner Wilson Njega, Ndaragwa MP Waweru Nderitu and a representative of Kipipiri, MP Samuel Gichigi.

“Property including trees should not be interfered with before there is an agreement on compensation to avoid a situation like the one witnessed in Kinangop’s Sh13 billion wind farm,” said Mr Njega.

Ketraco wants a one-off compensation deal while landowners are pushing for payment based on a lease, saying that renewal of the lease would also call for new payment.

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The Ndaragwa MP said although Ketraco will pay for portions of land that fall on the wayleave, the land should remain the property of the land owner.

“The landowner should continue owning and using that land provided you do not plant anything that grows above two metres as per Ketraco requirement,” Mr Waweru said.

The landowners want special compensation for graves, quarries, dams, fences and commercial plots in addition to the land payments.

Fourteen locations in Ndaragwa and Kipipiri will be affected by the power line.

However, Mr Njega told the committee to approach the issues with aim of reaching an amicable solution, saying the power line construction is a government project set to increase electricity generation and ease outages.

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