Elgeyo Marakwet County Commissioner Mr. John Korir has revealed that the county has invited the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to address cases of injustice in the county.
The CC especially singled out land cases which he said have been persistent for long and have at times been the source of conflict resulting in tragedy.
Addressing wananchi during this year’s Mashujaa day celebrations, the CC said the government is doing all it can to solve the land cases noting the judiciary had established a lands and environment court in Iten complete with a judge.
He, however, pointed out that not all land matters should be taken to court and the judiciary is now encouraging out-of-court settlement of cases under the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
The CC said his office will collaborate and the courts and engage elders to address such cases expeditiously.
Speaking during the same occasion, area Governor Wisley Rotich decried the grabbing of public land in the county, as a result of which his government has found it difficult to implement some development projects.
He appealed to wananchi to either sell land to the county government or any investor willing to set up a factory at market rates saying this will help in addressing the problem of unemployment.
As an incentive, the governor pledged to ensure that members of a family which sells their land to an investor get employed once the factory is operational.
Governor Rotich called on residents to form cooperative societies so that they can benefit from the hustler fund to be rolled out soon by the government.
The governor also pointed out that cooperative societies will help farmers negotiate better terms when selling their produce to clients.
Korir appealed to residents to maintain high levels of hygiene after a cholera outbreak was reported in neighbouring Uasin Gishu and appealed to them to visit the nearest health facility if they feel any symptoms of the disease.
By Alice Wanjiru