Construction works at the Standard Gauge Railway's Mombasa West Station in Maganda, Miritini area came to a standstill for over four hours on Thursday following protests by residents demanding compensation among other grievances.
The over 200 residents marched to the construction site demanding compensation and answers to cracks that have developed in their houses.
This the second time this year the residents are demonstrating demanding for compensation after their houses cracked due explosions at the site. They camped at the site forcing construction workers whom majority are Chinese and the contractors to stop operations.
According to Mr John Gichana, they were tired of the cat and mouse tricks by the construction company and are seeking legal redress.
Mr Gichana said that the China Roads and Bridges Company had refused to reach out to the community on compensation.
"The Company has failed us as community members. We want to remind them that there are still families who had not been reached and names not in the Phase III compensation list," he said.
Mr Gichana added that over 100 houses have developed cracks as a result of use of explosives to break through the boulders to pave way for the SGR line.
He said the community has been exposed to stagnant water as there is no proper drainage systems in the area.
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