The Star (Nairobi)

23 August 2014

Kenya: Maasai Families Relocated From Olkaria

MORE than 100 affected families in the geothermal-rich Olkaria, Naivasha, have received close to Sh870 million as compensation for their lands.

The families were relocated yesterday to the nearby Kedong area to pave way for drilling of 280mw geothermal power.

Kengen built new modern houses in Kideng before relocating the families from their traditional manyatta homes.

Maenga Kisotu, a community leader said the relocationwill change their lifestyle.

He said the community supported the geotehrmal drilling because it will increase the country's electricity production.

"We are extremely happy by the relocation as we move to our new homes and we thank Kengen for this noble move," Kisuotu said.

Katelina Ngamasiai, another residents said the relocation has enabled her realise her lifetime dream of living in a permanent house.

"We have a new school nearby and this will make learning for our students easier. We are excited to live in houses lit by electricity," she said.

Addressing the press in Olkaria yesterday, Kengen assistant manager for resource development Cyrus Karingithi said the new site has a primary school, churches, a health center, a social hall and water among other amenities.

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