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MP files petition in parliament seeking fresh audit of Solio Ranch

04 March 2016, 12:24 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - Kieni MP Kanini Kega has filed a petition in the National Assembly calling for fresh forensic audit of 15,000 Solio Ranch Settlement Scheme.

The MP said the Speaker of the National Assembly has endorsed the petition so that the parliamentary committee in charge of land can conduct audit of the land which was given to squatters in year 2008.

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Speaking in his Kieni constituency, the MP alleged that out of the 15,000 acres which was said to have been allocated to squatters about 7,000 acres went to an individual who is a local tycoon.

“We want the government to establish whether genuine squatters got the land. I have filed the petition on behalf of Kieni people,” he said.

He added that the whole of Solio Ranch is about 400,000 acres but what is known is 100,000 acres and 40,000 acres which is being used as sanctuary.

Kega further said that the 99 years land lease elapsed last year but the owner is the land is yet to give it back to government.

“We also want to know whether the land is in Nyeri county or Laikipia county since according to my knowledge, it should be in Nyeri county,” he added.

He however urged the genuine settlers in Solio not to panic since they will not lose their land.

“We must eradicate corruption right from the bottom to the top. If the land can be returned to the government, the squatters living in the 400 colonial villages can be settled here,” he added.

Kega said the audit will run concurrently with another audit which will be done by the Ministry of Lands.

He said the parliamentary committee will visit the Ranch soon.

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