Forty-four families in Rarieda Sub County from whom the government acquired a total of 16 acres valued at Sh 4.6 million for the construction of Rarieda Teachers Training College for Diploma sciences and the National Youth Services training centers have begun receiving compensation for their parcels.
The land owners collectively received an initial installment of Sh 2.2 million while the remaining Sh 2.4 million is expected to be paid before the end of October 2022 according to area MP Dr. Otiende Amolo.
Speaking at the site of the construction of the two facilities in Bwaja village East Asembo ward, when he issued cheques from the area CDF kitty to the families, Amolo disclosed that negotiations are ongoing with the four remaining families who have been reluctant to surrender their parcels.
“Ten acres of land acquired will be used to set up Rarieda TCC for diploma which is only the fourth institution of its kind in the country after Mombasa, Meru and Kibabii. The remaining six acres have been set aside for NYS training center which has already been approved by the Ministry of Interior,” Amolo stated.
The legislator said that the people of Bwaja village voluntarily gave out their lands for the double project adding that what has been given as compensation for the parcels is a mere token of appreciation to the land owners who expect the two institutions to bring a positive economic impact in the region.
Amolo disclosed that the construction of the TTC which will be fully funded through the CDF Kitty is scheduled to commence before August with the first phase set to cost Sh 10 million while the NYS training center will be done by the Ministry of Interior.
Rarieda Constituency Fund Accounts Manager Mr Kennedy Chacha said the process of land succession and compensation which began 2018 has been a success.
Chacha disclosed that a government Valuer undertook survey and valuation of the lands which informed the amounts of compensation each land owner received. Additional features like structures and number of graves on the parcels attracted more funds.
Bwaja Community Spokesperson Jack Hongo exuded confidence that decision they made to give out their land will be beneficial not only to themselves but also the entire region.
“The two institutions will provide job opportunities for the locals and also ready markets for the local farmers produce,” said Hongo.
He on the other hand appealed to the office to ensure one of the land owners is appointed into the board of management of the two institutions for representation.
By Brian Ondeng’