“My sisters and I inherited this land from our parents, whose parents have been here for over a hundred years. How can I get only K200,000? (850 pounds)" the Daily Express quoted one unhappy villager, Amos Mkuyu, as saying.
District commissioner Charles Kalemba told the villagers in Chinkhota: “The government allowed you to occupy this land because there was no project yet, but now that Madonna wants to build you a school you have to give way. This school is the future of our children. You are lucky that Madonna has compensated you for your houses, gardens and trees." Village head man Binson Chinkhota said: “We have been compensated and this school is a pride for us as it is the future of our children."
Anjimile Mtila-Oponyo, the school"s principal-designate, added: “We stalled for some months because of the land dispute. We are now in full swing and set to meet the 2011 deadline."