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Matiang’i vows to fight land cartels in Mavoko and its environs.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i has vowed to streamline land matters and end wrangles in Mavoko sub-county of Machakos and neighboring Kitengela Sub County.

Addressing the public on Wednesday at Slota Estate in Athi River town while on his way to condole with the family of the late Chief Joel Mukwa, Matiang’i said his next mission after managing security is to fight land cartels who have invaded private and public land in parts of the sub-county

The CS cautioned those who have invaded other people’s land to vacate saying that his Ministry is in consultation with the Ministry of Lands seeking ways to resolve the controversial pieces of land.

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i led by Machakos County Commissioner Abdullahi Galgalo poses with Mavoko Assistant County Commissioners, Chiefs and their assistants when the former paid a visit to mourn Athi River chief Joel Mukwa at his rented residents in Slota estate, Athi River Sub-county on Tuesday

“We are in talks with Lands CS Ms Farida Karoney over the Mavoko land issues, we will take over to ensure security once the Lands Ministry is done with its work,” said Matiang’i.

The CS vowed that his Ministry will clean up all the mess and ensure that all land grabbers are evicted and the land handed over to the right owners.

Dr. Matiang’i said there must be sanity in land ownership, not only in Machakos but the entire country adding that people should stop grabbing other people’s parcels of land.

He called on the Assistant County Commissioners, Chiefs and their assistants to work as a team and with integrity for the best interest of mwananchi.

The CS cautioned them against absconding from their duty to the residents and serve people without any discrimination as is envisaged in the constitution.

Matiang’i also appealed to all Kenyans to work diligently and with full commitment without giving any excuses.

He further commended the Machakos County Commissioner Abdullahi Galgalo for a remarkable job in beefing up security in the county noting that the rates of crime in the county have gone down since the CC took office a few months ago.

Urging chiefs to be each other’s keeper, Matiang’i promised to pay school fees for two of the late Mukwa’s children to enable them complete their secondary school education.

“This is the widow of our colleague, protect her. Think about each other as colleagues, we are each other’s keepers. Stay confident and be happy the way you work, keep an eye on your colleague’s family,” he concluded.

The CS was accompaniment by Machakos County Commissioner, Abdullahi Galgalo, Athi River Deputy County Commissioner David Juma, Machakos Police Commander Samwel Mukindia, assistant county commissioners, chiefs and their assistants, the clergy and members of the public.

By Rachael Kilonzo

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