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Double allocation of land in Kieni

05 July 2013, 12:25 Wangui Joseph

Some parcels of land in Kieni Constituency, including where District Officer’s (DO) offices of Munyaka Division are located are in the center of dispute after double allocation of the land.

The land which belongs to Gatarakwa Land Buying Company measuring 100 by 50ft are located along Mweiga-Nyahururu road near an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp at Makutano shopping centre.  

Addressing the press in his office the area District Officer John Ngunyi said some people have begun to put up structures in the disputed land while others are fencing, despite orders barring them from developing the land, pending a court case.

“We had informed them not to put up any structures. It is our responsibility to keep off the public from the disputed land until it is resolved,” the D.O said in response to a query as to why the administration was pulling fences down.

He said that they had cautioned owners against putting up any structures but they declined, failed to respect the authority and proceeded with fencing their plots.

The administrator said members of public were furious with two people who defied the orders and recently they threatened to burn down the timber houses.

Ann Ngunju Wanjuki and James Gatunde who are the most affected by the dispute since they have several allocations, said they were given the land by Gatarakwa Company in the late 1980s.

Gatunde claimed that local chief hired young men from a nearby IDP camp to pull down and damage his fence.

They said some people have been coming in the area claiming ownership of their land and the D.O suspects that there was an issue of double allocation.

The D.O reiterated that the administration could not allow an individual to develop a disputed land while there is a proceeding case.

Ngunyi said it was in his efforts of digging up where the conflict was emanating from that he decided to order all parties in the tussle to keep off and await the court’s ruling.

He also revealed that according to documents the land where his offices are settled is registered as government’s land but surprisingly some people have been coming to claim ownership.

“They have allotment letters to show ownership of the land but not title deeds and there are a lot of people claiming to own the same plot. Some were given the plots in 1981 and there is conflict within the Company’s directors and members,” Ngunyi claimed.

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