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Ngilu accused of misadvising President on land matters

07 August 2014, 13:57

Lamu - Owners of the six ranches whose titles were revoked by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Lamu County have accused the Lands Cabinet Secretary of misleading the Presidency and dismissed allegations that their lands were acquired illegally. 

Speaking to the press in Lamu, the representatives from the six ranches in Boni, Amu, Nyongoro Pandanguo, Witu Livestock and Mokowe Kibokoni through their spokesperson Abdulraham Aboud said the land acquisition was justifiable and asked the President to reinstate their ownership.

“These lands were applied for by the locals in the 1970s but they managed to acquire the titles in 2011. We were surprised when they named among the 500 000 hectares acquired illegally,” said Aboud.

Aboud said the six ranches occupy about 270 000 hectares and revoking their ownership will be continuation of historical injustices in the region.

He added that the owners of the six ranches were poor locals who depended on them for survival, and blamed Ngilu for misleading the President before probing on how the land was acquired.

“No probe was conducted. We also disagree with the report that 70% of the land in Lamu is owned by ranchers,” said the officials.

The official are now seeking legal redress over the matter.

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