Nandi Governor Stephen Sang has lauded the Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka for presenting his petition seeking to address issues of landslides, land cases among others on behalf of the Nandi locals.
Sang appreciated the Speaker and the efforts of some vocal Senators in the house including Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula who totally supported the petition adding that as the Governor of Nandi he expects the Senate committee assigned the task to consider the petition and give favourable findings. In the petition, Governor Sang pointed out that the geography of Nandi County is laden with rugged hills and escarpments which due to historical land injustices, local communities have been to forced to dwell on them. He cited the land injustices include but not limited to irregular awarding ,extension and renewal of expired or expiring leases belonging to individuals and multinational companies in both tea growing highlands and the sisal and sugarcane growing lowlands. He said these residents, every year they are faced with the challenge of landslides and mudslides in these areas they settled on, due to a cycle of high rainfall.
Among the requests Sang presented, was to declare perennial landslides and mudslides in Nandi and other parts of Kenya as a national disaster and shall be responded as such by relevant government departments. He also called for the NLC recommendations on the subject matter to be fully implemented by the relevant government authorities.