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Laikipia to boycott voter registration

07 November 2012, 13:54 James Kabotia

Over 15,000 residents of Kimugandura area in Laikipia East district have threatened to boycott voter registration if a court case pitting them and some purported land owners in the area is not concluded soon.

Led by their chairman Saituku Kaparo, they have said that the case that is in High court in Nyeri has taken too long to conclude.

Speaking at a meeting at the 16,000 acres land recently, they also vowed not to move out of the land that has been in dispute for several years.

This follows an order issued to one of them by a person claiming to be the owner of one of the parcels of the land to demolish his house.  

Through Chweya and Associates Advocates, Leserian Larpei, 62, has been given 14 days to demolish his house.

The order reads that “You have illegally invaded our client’s parcel of land and forcefully retained possession of the same by constructing a permanent stone house”.

The notice issued by Stephen Ndirangu Kamamia furthers says that “Our instructions therefore are to demand which we hereby do that you immediately vacate from the aforesaid property, failure of which we have mandatory instructions to institute proceedings in court of law”.

Larpei has said that he spent over KES 1M to build the house, and would not demolish it adding that the land belongs to ancestors of the Maasai community.

“We have lived here for more than 30 years and we do not know any other home, this is our land” said Larpei.

He said that he will also move to a court of law to stop the demolition.

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