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Fraudulent land dealers on the loose in Gilgil

07 August 2015, 10:25 Jackson Okata

Naivasha - Gilgil MP, Mathenge Nderitu has told his constituents to be on the look out as a gang purporting to be selling land belonging to the Kenya Agricultural Livestock and Research Organisation (Karlo) has invaded the constituency.

“Karlo is a government land which plays a key role in agricultural research and there is no way the government can put it for sale as this will lead to food insecurity," Nderitu said.

“I will launch a probe with the help of police and in due course, we will take the necessary action against those behind the scheme and have them arrested."

He was speaking on Thursday at his office in Gilgil town when he met a group of residents who have fallen prey to the fraudulent gang.

“I was elected to serve residents and I will not allow them to be cheated off their hard earned money," he said.

Residents of Gilgil town last week raised the alarm over the existence of a gang purporting to be selling land belonging to Karlo.

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According to the residents, the gang collects money from locals interested in buying the land then vanish.

The legislator called on residents to seek his advice whenever they suspect dubious deals especially those involving land.

During the meeting, Miriam Wanjiku, one of the victims alleged that she had lost KES 60 000 after paying for two parcels of land .

“I paid KES 60 000 for two plots each going for KES 30 000."

Ann Njoki said that she took a loan from an organisation to pay for a plot which she has not received to date.

She said the man she paid the money switched off his mobile telephone after receiving the cash.

Karlo is a corporate body created under the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Act of 2013 to establish suitable legal and institutional framework for coordination of agricultural research in Kenya by streamlining, co-coordinating and regulating research in crops, livestock, genetic resources and biotechnology in Kenya.

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