Nyanyaa residents in Lower Yatta Sub County, have voiced their grievances, citing “meager” pay by the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company. (KETRACO)
Led by their chairman pastor Isaac Nzau, addressed the media yesterday, exclaiming that the Ministry of energy should intervene and, that they would not move until the utility reviews the current compensation rate.
Nzau has said that Ketraco has “undervalued” their plots and buildings, explaining that the present market rate for their lands have risen due to their proximity to Kitui town.
“Residents have held several meetings with KETRACO officials urging them to review the land rate to conform to the current market value but nothing seems to work” he said.
The families were notified to cease further development in their plots six months ago. One resident said that his plot cost Sh900, 000 to purchase. He has built a house with a value of more than Sh30,000. The agency however has offered her Sh 80,000 in compensation.
“The money being compensated is very little and I am not ready to take it,” said the resident. He is counting losses as building materials to develop the plot are lying idle.
They also lamented that the company did not consult them arguing that they invaded their lands.