Land Conflict in Kuresoi District
20 March 2012, 11:05
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A family of over five members
spent a night in cold after the police and several armed villagers evicted them
from their farm claiming they were enforcing a court order that authorized
removal of the family from the farm famously known as Haraka B in Mau summit
The owner of the farm, Joseph Njoroge
Nduati said he has been living in the half acre piece of land that he inherited
from his parents alongside other five families and was not aware of any court
order adding that the case concerning the Haraka farm was still pending in
court and it involved all owners but not him alone.
He claimed that there was a plot to deprive him off his land adding that he was
not served with the order to move out of the farms where he was born and
Njoroge said his mother moved from the area after the first multiparty elections
that led to tribal clashes leaving him to developing the land.
He claimed that the forceful eviction caused him a loss of over a million shillings
adding that there was a plot to take away his land since he was the only one at
Haraka farm whose homestead and property was destroyed.
According to a village elder, David
Ngugi Karanu armed police officer from Mau summit police station led by OCS
Mary Wacu arrived at the farm together with 20 young men who brought down
several house in the homestead.
He said the court had barred any eviction adding that even the shelter that was
built by the Danish Refuge council to replace the ones destroyed during the
skirmishes was also destroyed and money of unknown value stolen.
He claimed that Mr. Joseph Mwangi who sold the farm was using dubious means to
repossess the land adding that would sue him for the damages caused.
Molo OCPD Achesa Litabalia confirming the incident said the police were enforcing
the court order which was issued last week demanding the families to move out
of the farm.
He said he was not aware of any other order that stopped eviction of the families
adding that it was unfortunate if the families were not issued with the order
Meanwhile the residents held a peace demonstration and condemned the incident
calling on removal of OCS Mary Wacu for enforcing eviction before the court
concludes the case.
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