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Gov. Lee Demand Jobs For Mai Mahu Residents On The Ongoing Construction Of Meter-Gauge-Railway Line.

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Nakuru County Government is now accusing a foreign contractor and senior government officers of oppressing and frustrating residents of Mai Mahiu in the ongoing construction of the new Meter-Gauge-Railway line.

Through Governor Lee Kinyanjui, the county warned that it was ready to stop works on the 24km extension from Mai Mahiu to Longonot as local youths and traders had been locked out.

This came barely a week after residents stopped workers from China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) from undertaking the project demanding employment opportunities.

Addressing residents of Mai Mahiu, an irate Kinyanjui lashed out at the contractor noting that he was not doing the country a favor.

He noted that senior government officers were protecting the contractor who had ignored area leaders and youths in the ongoing Sh3.5B project.

“This is a loan that we the taxpayers will pay and we are demanding 40 percent of the job and business opportunities around this new railway line,” he said.

Kinyajui issued a two week ultimatum to the contractor to address the grievances of area residents before his government took appropriate action.

He revisited the construction of the Sh98B SGR from Nairobi to Mai Mahiu noting that residents had nothing to show for it.

“Despite using Sh98B in the project, the residents did not get anything like a school or a borehole from the contractor and this has to change,” he said.

On his part, the CEC for Trade Raymond Komen admitted that getting a business opportunity for area traders had become impossible.

Komen said that they had tried to engage the contractor without success and called on the Governor to seek the intervention of the national government.

“We have a lot of potential in this area in terms of constructing houses for the incoming workers and we need to partner with the national government in these projects,” he said.

Maella MCA and the chairman of the Environmental committee in the county assembly Gathariki Kaminu noted that residents had suffered for years due to blasts from nearby quarries.

“The same foreign company is involved in blasting quarries which in turn have destroyed homes and water tanks but they have God-fathers who protect them,” he said.

A youth leader Joseph Waikwa told of their frustrations as they sought jobs from the nearby Inland Container Depot and the railway project.

“We have graduates here who are ready to do all manner of casual jobs but the Chinese contractor has decided to ferry workers from other parts of the country,” he said.

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