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Assistant chief suspended for grabbing 1,000 acres of land

12 May 2016, 15:07 Geoffrey Kimagut

Narok - County commissioner, Maffat Kangi has suspended an assistant chief in Narok South Sub County for allegedly engaging in land grabbing activities.

Kangi said that the Maji Moto assistant chief, Moses Taek was among those mentioned adversely by the community in the grabbing of more than 1,000 acres of the controversial Maji Moto Group Ranch.

“I have personally visited the land registry and confirmed that this chief and his accomplices have land ownership documents for some of the land allegedly grabbed so he must go," said Kangi.

He was addressing the members of the controversial Maji Moto Group Ranch who held peaceful demonstrations in Narok town protesting grabbing of community land by its former officials.

The protesters brought business in Narok town to a standstill before they stormed county commissioner’s office seeking audience with him demanding the revocation of more than 100 title deeds issued for disputed parts of the 120,607 acres of community land, allegedly grabbed by members of the committee.

They also wanted an explanation as to why the suspended chief, the former group ranch chairman David Mayone, Treasurer Senet Riamit, Secretary James Ashire and former Narok County Chairman Solomon Moriaso, have not been arraigned in court after documents proving the land grabbing claims were presented to the government.

They had earlier threatened to set ablaze homes of the former committee members.

However, Kangi called on the protesters to be calm until the May 26 when he will tour the area with county leaders and land officials to chart the way forward.

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“Don’t take the law into your hands, don’t burn houses since it will be a criminal activity but give the government a chance to follow up on the culprits," said Kangi.

One protester, Kiseyia Ole Kool said the former committee members have made the work of a new 10-member committee elected by the community chaired by James Twala impossible following a litany of court orders. 

The new committee was mandated by the National land commission to recover the disputed plots that are part of the community land from the grabbers.

Early this year, the NLC chairman Muhammad Swazuri revoked more than 100 title deeds issued by the controversial Maji Moto Group Ranch in Narok South and disbanded the ranch’s management committee.

There has been tension following protests by members of the ranch who demanded the removal of the committee members accused them of abusing office and allocating themselves the land.

At the same time, Kangi has put land grabbers in the county on notice telling group ranch committee members who illegally acquire land without the consent of the members that their days are numbered.

He also warned all those who have grabbed public utility land and those with illegal titles deeds that they will face the full force of the law.

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