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Unscrupulous persons yesterday took advantage of an ongoing demolition exercise carried out by agents of Siaya County Government at a housing estate within the town centre.

The demolition is meant to pave way for the construction of the state-of-the-art Siaya Integrated Market.  Goons carted away construction material and even household belongings of victims of the sudden demolition exercise.

The construction material included iron sheets, doors and window grills as well as plumbing equipment.

A human rights activist has raised concerns that the exercise was carried out in total disregard to the requirements of According to the human rights agitator the original land designated for Siaya Integrated Market was next to Saint Pantaleon Catholic Church but allegedly that parcel was grabbed by a politician in the County Assembly colluding with a Director in the Department of Survey & Lands.

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Our efforts to reach both for comments on the activist’s allegations have bore no fruits.

Apparently the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) Study is an important exercise for any institution that wants to develop facilities where there are human activities. The RAP plays a vital role in almost all development projects where people are required to be displaced due to the implementation of project activities. The preparation of RAP report should be guided by the relevant legal policy framework in Kenya (Kenya Constitution 2010, the Land Act 2012) and the international good practices (World Bank OP.4.12) guidelines on involuntary resettlement.

Meanwhile, Siaya Governor James Aggrey Bob Orengo yesterday led mourners in bidding farewell to the late Caesar Awuor Handa, legendary Gor Mahia football club player and Director at Strategic Africa.

The burial took place at Bar Chando area of Sakwa in Bondo sub-County of Siaya County. A number of leading Siaya politicians were in attendance.

 

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