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Land grabbers to face eviction and prosecution

18 December 2015, 09:20 Steve Njuguna

Nyahururu - Nyandarua County Commissioner, Samuel Kimiti has warned residents and County officials who have grabbed public land that their days are numbered.

Speaking at Gikingi location, Ol Jooro Orok sub County during installation of new chiefs and sub-chiefs, Kimiti gave an ultimatum to anyone who has grabbed public land to surrender it or be forcefully evicted and prosecuted.

“The Ministry of Lands will map all grabbed land before we roll out a repossession program. Those who will be found to have grabbed public land will be arrested and charged,” said Kimiti.

The County Commissioner said that a number of public plots in the County have been grabbed by local business people and leaders adding that those who have grabbed public land should return it.

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“We are not going to joke around with thieves who have oppressed innocent residents. The government will repossess all public land that is in the hands of these individuals,” he warned.

Kimiti was responding to lamentation by area residents led by former Councilor, Lucy Wanduriri that land set aside for public benefits has been grabbed and privatized.

“Land set aside as play grounds for our children and youths have been grabbed by private developers. We are urging the government to repossess the land from them and returned it to us,” said Wanduriri.

The County Commissioner said that the government will revoke title deeds of persons who have grabbed public land in the County.

He at the same time directed chiefs and other government administrators to use powers bestowed on them to safeguard government properties and rights of residents.

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