The Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) released a statement Tuesday respondoing to complaints against demolitions of properties on it land in Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Nakuru and Kisumu counties.
“We would like to clarify that the exercise which was initiated in 2019 is being done in good faith to provide a safe corridor for railway operations and that necessary engagements, through various channels had been done to allow the affected persons time and space to have their concerns heard and seek alternative spaces to live or work”, the statement said in part.
There was uproar online after a 98-year-old mosque in Kibos, Kisumu City was brought down forcefully despite a court order.
KRC is reclaiming lands for expansion of its operations in Kenya.
Below is the rest of the statement:
MULTI-AGENCY RAILWAY LAND RECLAMATION EXERCISE
KR’s attention has been drawn to complains from members of public living along the railway corridor who are concerned over the manner in which the multi-agency railway land reclamation exercise is being carried out in parts of Nyanza, Rift Valley and Western regions.
We would like to clarify that the exercise which was initiated in 2019 is being done in good faith to provide a safe corridor for railway operations and that necessary engagements, through various channels had been done to allow the affected persons time and space to have their concerns heard and seek alternative spaces to live or work.
Safety is our priority. As a provider of transport solutions, we move different types of goods along our network including dangerous cargo and need to secure a safe corridor for operations to protect lives and secure goods while in transit.
A similar exercise had been done in parts of Central and Nairobi Regions resulting in successful operationalisation of the Nanyuki Line and introduction of more commuter rail services in the Nairobi Metropolitan Area.
KR values diversity, cooperation and respects the rule of law and thus works for the benefit and prosperity of the citizens of Kenya through whom we derive our mandate.
To support the nation-wide rail revitalization program, we appeal to members of public occupying spaces reserved for railway operations to seek alternatives to avoid inconveniences and allow us to better serve the people of Kenya.
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