Kajiado West MP sued in land row
28 April 2014, 12:47
Nairobi - Kajiado
West Member of Parliament Moses Ole Sakuda is at the epic center of a Sh 19M
boiling community land transfer dispute in Kajiado County to a power
a suit filed by five residents from Kajiado County, the community is seeking to
stop the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO) from pursuing
its interests in starting off and continuing any construction of a transmission
line in Isinya-Suswa since the land to be used was allegedly acquired with a
fake title deed despite being paid for.
Moses Ole Kinaiya, Mr Eliud Meja, Rev. Stephen Mparinkoi, Mr Karerian Lankas
and Mr Arison Wuala have sued Mr Ole Sakuda, a Community based Organization
(CBO) called Olosho Oibor Water Catchment Area Group and its two officials Mr
Samson Seketian and Mr Simeon Partaati as well as the Kajiado North Land
Registrar, the Attorney General and KETRACO in a resident’s bid to reclaim
County Government of Kajiado and the National Land Commission are named as interested
want an order issued restraining KETRACO from commencing or continuing any
construction work of the Isinya-Suswa 400 KV transmission line upon any part of
the suit property,” the residents said.
land in dispute is part of a 320 ha, registered as Olkejuado County Council,
reserved for community use as Oloisho Water Dam and is held in trust by the
Kajiado County Government.
October 9, 2013, KETRACO expressed interest in acquiring 46.068acres for the
construction of the transmission line in the region while offering to
compensate the loss of the use of the land and approached the CBO’s officials
instead of the County Government.
paid Sh 19, 348, 560 as compensation based on its policy that a land value of
Sh 1.2M per acre at 30 percent loss of use which was reviewed to a rate of Sh
1.4M per acre following a request to support the community as part of Corporate
Social Responsibility by the Olosho Oibor Water Catchment Area Group on
December 18, 2013.
initial payment was meant to be Sh 16,584,319.64 before the review and Sekatian
and Pataati aided KETRACO to acquire a title deed of the said land on November
CBO officials oversaw the transfer of Sh 15M of the paid funds to the Kajiado
West Constituency Development Account in contravention of the law which
mandates only the National government to deposit funds in that account.
payment was to go to the CBO and the County government demanded to take charge
of the funds, the members of the CBO sought Mr Sakuda’s help who allowed the
funds to be then transferred to Kajiado West Constituency in a bid to secure
the funds from looming tension.
the money had been paid out to individuals to defeat the interests of the
the community held meetings to identify projects funded by the Kajiado West
Constituency office, the Kajiado County executives Richard Parsitau and Dickson
Ntikoisa wrote to the National Land Commission proposing the land to be
reverted to the community following the rising tension.
was then that it was discovered that the land had not been transferred and they
instead wrote another letter to stop their earlier request to consult the
the documents used in the transaction have been taken to a forensic document
examiner for analysis, the residents believe that the funds transfer with the
aid of Mr Sakuda, Mr Parsitau and Mr Ntikoisa was right.
an enquiry by Governor David Nkedianye on March 26 to the District Criminal
Investigation officer in Kajiado North raised questions in the whole
transaction and the realization that a fake title deed had been used as there
was no name or land transfer.
officer in his letter forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecution hence
recommended that the transferors, the transferees and those who pushed for the
transfers be held liable at different degrees.
is then that the residents moved to Court to halt KETRACO’s work which is
already underway and High Court judge Isaac Lenaola directed sued parties to
file responses for a hearing on May 2.
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