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DP Ruto To Launch Road Construction as Locals Take on Chiefs over Jobs in Kajiado West

Jubilee government’s pledge to build Ngong – Kibiko – Suswa tarmac road will be realised Monday when DP William Ruto launches its construction at Kimuka in Kajiado West.

PHOTO: Below are jobless youth milling around the road construction site new offices which are being put up.

The road is anticipated to connect the larger Kajiado with Narok County and its length is 70km that connects at the Mahi Mahiu-Narok road.

As DP Ruto is set to launch its construction, already residents of Kimuka are up in arms to protest what they termed “high-handedness” by chiefs in attempt to take over as employment committee agents.

A Chinese company, Zhongmei Engineering Group Ltd which has been awarded the contract, and which has started putting up a site office in Kimuka town, is allegedly collaborating with members of provincial administration led by deputy county commissioner, William Kakimoni.

Kakimoni is reported to have gone to the site on Thursday last week and allegedly intimidated local elders led by Joseph Kahindi Sakuda.

Residents claimed the DCC directed that a new committee, that reflects the face of the community, be formed to oversee employment issues, and rejected one that had been spearheaded by Sakuda.

Sakuda leased his 7 acre land to the Chinese company and the DCC told him his business ended with the lease he made with the contractor.

When we contacted Kakimoni to respond to the claims, he admitted he visited the site with local chiefs and ordered for the creation of a new committee to oversee employment of people needed by the company in road construction.

“It is true I went there after it emerged Sakuda had taken over the site office, and was alleged to be demanding bribes from job seekers in order to be employed by the Chinese. That is a government project and an individual cannot supervise it,” said Kakimoni.

The Kajiado West DCC made it clear Sakuda had leased his land to the Chinese for a period of 5 years, starting July, and had no business left at the site.

The local residents claimed area assistant chief, Amos Monio, had allegedly sought the support of the DCC after disagreeing with Sakuda, who is said to have brushed him off when he demanded a “cut” from the money the Chinese paid for leasing his land.

It was further alleged Monio, wanted Sakuda out of the recruitment committee for fear he will disclose his corrupt activities once employment excercise starts.

Monio, while responding to the allegations labeled against him, said he is clean as white cotton and that he has never taken any bribe from anyone in his entire life as chief.

The chief also said he has never threatened anyone as residents claimed he has been saying he is “government and people should bow down to him.”

“I have never differed with Sakuda, and I have never asked him for any money. In fact, it’s me who linked him with the Chinese who leased his 7 acre land. How can I turn against him?” said the chief.

He however said he was not happy with Sakuda when he started “selecting the youth to be employed” at the site office.

Sakuda said the chief is peddling lies about him because he refused to pay him the “commission” for recommending his land to the road construction company.

“He peddled lies against me but God will stand with me in this. Even after doing that, I was still picked to be a member of the new committee,” said Sakuda.

Whistle-blower Moses Kinayia claimed the chief is known for intimidation in the area where he is a member of three committees in section two of the standard gauge railway project.

Kinayia claimed chiefs should not be included in government projects as committee members because of their high handedness.

“I know him well and I have a good example of what he did to my relative when he demanded Sh5, 000 to be given employment at SGR,” claimed Kinayia.

The proposed tarmac of the 70km Kibiko-Kimuka-Suswa road that joins Narok and Kajiado counties as a way of mitigating the perennial delays caused by floods along the Narok-Maai Mahiu highway has been lauded by both governors Joseph ole Lenku (Kajiado) and Samuel Tunai of Narok.

Tunai had earlier said he had requested President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene through the Kenya National Highways Authority to help construct the road to highway specifications.

Tunai had said the Ngong-Kibiko-Kimuka-Ewuaso Oonkidong’i – Suswa road, once is complete, will provide motorists with a shorter route to Narok County from Kajiado and would be an alternative when erratic weather conditions are experienced in the region.

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