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Angry families demonstrate over land

20 March 2014, 14:56 Wilshere

Subukia - More than 300 families from Haji farm in Subukia Wednesday protested over the government's delay in allocating them land after they were moved from Mawingu camp.

The families, who are victims of the 2007/08 post election violence, walked for more than 10 kilometres to Subukia trading center to air their grievances. They demanded that the government allocate each one of them land in the 1 600 acres farm purchased by the government last year.

According to Sekina Wambui, one of the protesters, it was surprising to see that one year after the government surveyors completed their work on the farm no family has been resettled yet.

“We did balloting a year ago and when the surveyors subdivided the land we were optimistic we would commence constructing our houses but we wonder what is taking them this long to give us the land,” she said.

Wambui said that the construction materials delivered by the government have started rotting and some of the iron sheets have been stolen.

“Our security is at risk, animals and construction materials are wearing out and others getting lost due to insecurity in the camp as the security forces watch,” Wambui added.

The families decried poor sanitation in the camp saying they are now living in fear of contracting waterborne diseases during this rainy season.   

David Kamau said that at least five people among them children have died so far due to waterborne diseases in the camp.

They families vowed to continue camping outside the Subukia deputy county commissioner’s office until their grievances are addressed.

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