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Residents want Chief dismissed

15 May 2013, 14:42 Steve Wambugu

More than 50 families from Kenya Meat village at London estate in Nakuru held a peaceful demonstration Wednesday morning demanding a quick dismissal of area Chief Wairimu Wachira.

The angry residents said the area chief has been colluding with senior officials in the government to sell government land illegally.

They further said that chief Wairimu has been charging them KES 15 000 for allotment of land which they have never received.

Flanked by area Ward Representative Francis Njoroge, they said that the chief has been evicting the squatters gradually while selling the land to other reach people in the town.

“These squatters have been here for the last 20 years but ever since Chief Wairimu came she has been working with other senior people in the government to sell land, which is not authorized,” said Njoroge.

He added that the chief wanted to make quick profit selling the land as plots since the area is a Prime area, with a plot currently selling at KES 3 million and above.

“All she wants is to sell this land since it’s a prime area but we are not going to allow that because this land was given to these squatters by the Kenya Meat Commission back in 1980s,” he remarked.

According to one of the squatters Mary Wanjiku, the chief has also been allocating the land to some of his families members and friends.

She added that most of the divided plots also belong to some senior Nakuru residents who have been given the land to cover up the matter.

Wanjiku further said that the Chief had writen a letter addressed to the Director of Physical Planning in 2011, over resettlement of the squatters but later came up with her own list which included her own relatives.  

“If you ask who the owner of some of the plots here is, you are either told it belongs to DC, DO or other Chiefs from other areas.We are wondering how they came to own the land yet some of us don’t even own an inch,”  she posed.

The residents now want Nakuru County Governor Kinuthia Mbugua to come to their aid before the matter gets out of hand.      

When reached on phone to comment on the matter, Chief Wairimu said she knew nothing about the selling of the land.        

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