Kenya Airports Authority compensates land owners
The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has almost completed compensation process in the first phase of the Malindi airport expansion plan which is expected to cost Sh. 520 million.
Already the authority has paid the first group of Kwa Chocha South area Sh. 300 million and is expecting a further Sh. 200 million payment to complete the entire list of people who shall be affected by the first phase expansion process.
At the same time KAA has completed mapping out the area earmarked for the expansion of the Malindi Airport Runway from the current 1.4 kilometre to 2.5 kilometres which falls in the second phase of the airport expansion.
The national government set aside a budget of Sh. 1.5 billion for compensating those who will be affected in the second phase to ensure the process runs smoothly.
Speaking to the press on Monday Malindi Airport Manager, Walter Agong said the process of compensation has been going on smoothly.
Speaking in his office when Mining Cabinet secretary, Dan Kazungu paid a courtesy call to check on the progress of the expansion plan Agong said those who had already been compensated were now in the process of vacating.
He said the first phase of land acquisition was meant for the area which will operationalise the terminal building and business centre.
On phase two, he said, the government had released funds which will be used to acquire land and start the runway expansion.
“We have mapped the area for expansion of the runway and the report was handed over to the Kenya Airports Authority,” he said.
Agong said the process of compensation was transparent and accountable done by KAA, National Lands Commission (NLC) and Ministry of lands.
“The dream of making Malindi an international airport is real now we have a new apron which is 99 percent complete and will be ready by December to accommodate three code 4c aeroplanes or four Boeing 737 ones,” he noted.
On his part, Kazungu commended KAA for doing a tremendous job, saying that people were now seeing the fruits.
Kazungu said the economic challenges of Malindi Sub-County due to the poor tourism status will only be addressed by the realization of the international airport.
By Simon Guruba