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Farmers to be evicted from pastoralists land

20 May 2013, 15:41 Alloys Musyoka

Malindi - The government has said it will repossess grabbed land in Tana Delta district and give it back to genuine owners in a bid to bringing harmony and peaceful co-existence between the two warring communities in the area.

Tana Delta district Commissioner Mike Kimoko revealed that farmers in the area invaded land previously used by pastoralists a fact he said has contributed a lot to the recent tribal clash in the region.

He said they will have to evict all locals who will be found to have grabbed land belonging to their neighbours.

Kimoko said that the government will be reviewing all schemes in the area and repossess the grabbed land by locals and give them back to owners.

“We want to end this problem of Pokomo and Orma hating each other and resulting to chaos once and for all because it has come to our notice that the recent chaos were mostly fueled by land issue,” he noted.

The DC said that most of cattle passing corridors in the area have been grabbed by farmers as well as grazing areas after pastoralist left because they don’t stay in one area.

“When they came back they found no place to pass their cattle and even land they used to graze their cattle is no more because farmers invaded and started farming and so we want to solve the problem peacefully,’ said Kimoko.

Addressing the press at Maridhiano hall during a peace meeting organized by Tana River county commissioners in Tana Delta, Kimoko said they have agreed that both communities should respect each other.

Kimoko said they also agreed that pastoralists will respect farmer’s properties and avoid grazing their cattle in their crops.

The commissioner said that in a bid to end the long standing problem in the area they also agreed that cases involving farmers and pastoralists should be solved in court.

“No more Kangaroo courts because we have realized that domestic resolutions have proved to be very un-reliable and have been identified as some of the causes of disagreement and so we are discouraging domestic kind of agreement because they are not up to the  task,” he added.

The DC called on locals in the area to co-exist peacefully so that they can work together in bringing developments in the area which has remained behind in developments for years now instead of engaging in tribal war.

Meanwhile Tana River deputy County governor Jiire Siad Mohamed said that the county government is focused on bringing developments in the area.

He called on locals in the larger Tana River County to accept each other and support them in moving forward development agenda to develop the region.

Mohamed said the county government will work to ensure every community in the area realizes developments.

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