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Court orders Kisii and Nyamira counties to resolve standoff

Environment and Land court judge, Mugo Kamau has directed Kisii Governor Simba Arati and Nyamira governor Amos Nyaribo to meet and agree how residents in Keroka town, which hosts the two counties, will access services and conduct their daily businesses peacefully.

The judge issued this directive on Tuesday before Nyamira High court after police officers contended with running battles between trades and revenue collection officers from Kisii and Nyamira Counties early March over a border dispute between the two counties.

The judge, while issuing the decree, stated that the boundary dispute was resolved as ascertained by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and National land Commission (NLC) during the court’s physical visit to Keroka town and a comprehensive survey report file. The report clearly demarcated that the boundary is along Keroka society, Ondoro area, and first Keroka backstreet behind Jamuhuri to Gucha hospital.

“Revenue officers from both counties must restrict themselves to collect revenue within the identified boundaries as filed in court, further, Police commanders from both counties must ensure that traders coexist harmoniously and conduct their daily business peacefully and residents operate their daily errands without fear of attack or ambush unawares.” Judge Mugo ordered.

Judge Mugo while concluding ruled that the two parties will be back to court after 21 days to give feedback on modalities of ensuring Keroka town is peaceful where residents and traders are secure as they go about their day-to-day businesses and thereafter proceed with a contempt of court matter before court.

By Deborah Bochere

 

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