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Tension escalate as homes in Ng'ati co-operative torched

01 March 2016, 16:04

Naivasha – Arsonists torched the home of the chairman for the Ng’ati Farmers Co-operative Society as tension rise over leadership dispute, reports The Star.

Also read: Powerful cartels in government ruining Uhuru's legacy.

According to Patrick Karanja whose home was set ablaze blames the crime on politicians in the area saying they caused more tension.

Katanja explained that two days ago politicians had been paid a visit from 10 Members of Parliament in order to find a sustainable resolve with regards to the leadership dispute.

On Monday tensions sky rocketed when more than 1,000 demonstrators killed livestock and destroyed farm produce belonging to the bosses of Ng’ati Farmers’ Cooperative Society.

As a result 25 people were arrested.

They were calling for the sacking of the Co-op directors.

All school activity has been made impossible despite government calling for parents to take their children back to school.

Residents got hold of tractors which they used to subdivide land before being run out by police, where they then went to the local schools and chased the children off the premises.

According to one of the aggrieved residents, Samuel Ng’ang’a they bought the 2 504 acres land from a white farmer but that 1 004 acres had been grabbed.

"We have legal papers proving ownership of this land and we are concerned about plans to grab it by some tycoons," he said.

Ng’ang’a appealed to the government to send surveyors to reinstate the original beacons.

Meanwhile in a separate report from The Star Bahati MO Kimani Ngujiri called for President Uhuru Kenyatta to find a resolve over the issue.

He also called for the prosecution of those allegedly involved in fraudulent land deals.

“Senior people in administration and the county government of Nakuru are beneficiaries of land in Ng’ati. It would be wrong to let them walk scot-free without taking action against them,” Ngunjiri said.

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