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Eastern-Rift valley border grabbed

23 March 2012, 14:31 Tony Ndungu Karomo

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A community based organization in Buuri District of Meru County is calling upon the government to intervene and rescue individual developers who have been deceived by the Meru County Council and given plots along the Eastern and Rift Valley Province border.

The group known as Timau Social Development Association said the boundary which is a road reserve was demarcated and given to individual developers who are currently building storey buildings.

The group chairman Daniel Miriti alleged the Ontulili Councilor Jackson Ntarua who was a former chairman of Meru County Council grabbed public land meant for building the Leakey Open air Market and allocated them to himself.

“Currently he has allocated the road reserve which is also the boundary to individual developers. It is unfortunate because we have tried to explain to the people who are building storey buildings that that is where the Northern Corridor will pass through but they think we are biased”, he said.

Miriti also urged the government to intervene and repossess land allocated to individual developers by the Meru County Council which was set aside for building cemetery the railway line which will pass through Timau to Isiolo and is currently owned by private individuals.

“The worst thing is that these people were given land without any documents of ownership. It’s unfortunate because it will be difficult for the government to compensate all these people. But if they intervene and prevent them from doing further development it will be better”, said Miriti.

While contacted for confirmation the area councilor Jackson Ntarua disputed the allegations saying the previous roads are not visible and people have been farming there without legal ownership of land for many years.

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