SGR land was legally acquired, Ministry says

The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure has dismissed claims that much of the land being used for the construction of Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) was acquired illegally.

Principal Secretary Nyakera Irungu says every piece of privately owned land being used in the construction of the multibillion modern railway project, was legally acquired and owners paid.

Addressing the press, the PS further indicated that the Parliamentary Committee on Land already visited various areas of the Sh327 billion project for survey purposes, and confirmed all of the persons whose lands were acquired for the project, were fully paid, with help of the National Lands Commission (NLC).

The project which has currently passed Sultan Hamud in Makueni County from Taita-Taveta County’s Voi, is likey to be completed by the end of 2017, with president Uhuru Kenyatta expected to commission before the Madaraka Day celebrations.



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