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The National Land Commission will compensate Embakasi residents displaced by the Standard Gauge Railway.

This is despite a court case pending over the compensation.

In a letter dated October 15, NLC vice chairperson Abigael Mukolwe requested the managing director of Kenya Railways Corporation to confirm the acreage of the land

to enable the commission finalise compensation.

She said the commission reviewed the grants and disposition on the land and decided to compensate the residents.

The letter read: “It was determined by the Commission that it will compensate the allotees subject to verification of the remaining acreage of land. In addition, the county government in conjunction with the local leaders should submit a list of verified allottees including their names, profiles, identities and parcel of land occupied.”

The Nairobi government had in August moved to court seeking to stop a Sh2.5 billion compensation payout to residents who live on land acquired for the construction of the SGR in Embakasi.

In the suit filed at the High Court, Nairobi county sued NLC, Kenya Railways Corporation, the chief Lands registrar and the Attorney General over alleged fraudulent compensation bid.

The county stated that paying out Sh2.5 billion was unjustified because the residents are squatters “with fake title deeds and not the landowners”.

The county said the land was reserved for a project and belonged to the defunct City Council of Nairobi.

Source: the star

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