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Squatters camp outside Governor’s office as town prepares to bury Lucy Kibaki

06 May 2016, 15:12 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Services at Nyeri County Government headquarters have been paralyzed after a group of squatters camped outside Governor Nderitu Gachagua’s offices.

The squatters from Mathira constituency were armed with twigs and placards and could not let anybody or vehicle to enter or leave The Town Hall during the five-hour protest.

They were demanding audience with the Governor but unfortunately the County boss was said to be out of office.

Drawn from 42 colonial villages in the constituency, they lamented that they have been living without Title Deeds for more than 50 years.

Led by Muriithi Mwangi, the irate demonstrators said successive governments have been unable to handle their plight despite pledges made by politicians during election campaigns.

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Mwangi stated that more people and organizations including churches have settled in the villages thus increasing congestion.

“Churches are being built in the villages and they are claiming ownership of the same land yet we are living under harsh conditions. Population is increasing and we don’t have spaces left for farming,” he complained.

He said they only want title deeds and resettlement from the government.

“The President said our colonial villages will be closed down and we would be issued with title deeds. He was at Sagana State Lodge when he made the promise. Nothing has happened since then,” narrated 80-year-old Lucy Nyawira.

In February this year, Lands Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi said his Ministry would issue title deeds to plot owners in 200 villages in Nyeri by the end of March.

“We will give 2,850 titles and the President will grace the occasion,” Prof Kaimenyi said adding that plans are under way to resettle all the squatters in Nyeri County.

He spoke at Ruring’u Stadium where he was accompanied by National Land Commission officials and Nyeri Town MP Esther Murugi.

Kaimenyi added that the Government will buy land at Solio Ranch to resettle squatters.

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