Angry residents from Oloomunyi, Kajiado County have vowed to evict two land grabbers in a fortnight whom they accuse of occupying 254 acres of public land that had been set aside to build a town centre.
According to their leader Kadidi Kapei, residents of the area have been forced to incur huge transport losses to travel from their location to Bissil town (30 kms apart) to seek government services as well as social amenities at the nearby town.
“We don’t have a place to build hospitals, offices as well as other key amenities since the two individuals have fenced off the entire area and every day they are issuing threats to the community who pass through the land to fetch water from a borehole that was constructed by the County government for public use,” Kapei told KNA.
The protesters spent the entire day at the County Commissioners office demanding a discussion with the County boss after they vowed not to vacate the premises until their cry is heard.
“This issue has been with us for so many decades since 1974, we have been making noise for all those years to all District Commissioners who have been here as well as previous County Commissioners but we have never been able to resolve this dispute, therefore, today we are not going to leave this premises until the Commissioner hears us and we resolve this matter once and for all,” Daniel Musul said.
While addressing the protesters, the newly elected Kajiado County Commissioner, Joshua Nkanatha, urged the residents to keep their calm and allow relevant government agencies to handle the matter accordingly.
“ I want to assure you that my office will take charge of this matter fully, it is no longer going to be a sub county issue because I will follow up to the end. I have directed that the County Land Registrar and County Land Surveyor to finalize the report that they have been undertaking and on 27th of this month, we will come at that particular place and repossess the land if it has been grabbed as well as take necessary action against those who are culpable because public land needs to be safeguarded for the interest of the larger community rather than of a single individual,” Nkanatha said.
The County Commissioner assured the residents of their security and urged them to continue with their daily duties until the 27th where he will address the matter with finality.
By Rop- Janet and Albert Lemomo