With the coming in of the Standard Gauge Railway in Narok East, tension is looming after a section of area residents stormed the site demanding to be given first priority in employment. The residents claim they have been playing second fiddle when the project managers are looking for workers.
Security was heightened at the Duka Moja SGR site after the angry Maasai youth stormed the site. Citing discrimination when allocating jobs in the site, the irate workers demanded to be given first priority in employment.
It took the intervention of Narok County commissioner Moffat Kangi to calm down the situation as he addressed the youth. Kangi assured the residents that all employment and labor laws will be adhered when issuing jobs.
He further called on sobriety from all parties involved. Sentiments echoed by Narok East MP Ken Kiloku who called on the National Government and the Standard Gauge Railway officials to give clear directions on matters compensation and the route the SGR is expected to follow.
Meanwhile, Chinese Liason officers have raised concerns over threat messages and are now appealing for more security enforcement at the camp.
Phase 2A of the SGR that connects Nairobi and Naivasha is expected to kick-off in October this year.