A row is simmering between a local church in Nyahururu town, Laikipia County and area KANU branch over a piece of land.
On Saturday, Ex-Mungiki leader and Amani Sasa C.E.O, Maina Njenga stormed the Christian Discipleship Centre (CDC) church with his followers accusing the church of encroaching on KANU’s three quarter parcel of land.
Njenga who has proclaimed himself the bonafide KANU party leader in Laikipia County said that the church has built a permanent structure without even consulting the party.
“As President Kenyatta continues with his war on graft, we should also fight corruption starting here at home in Nyahururu and wade out land grabbing so that peace can prevail.
“I am calling on you to fight for this parcel of land and ensure that it is safe from the hands of grabbers,” said Mr. Njenga who during the August, 2017 general elections vied for Laikipia County senatorial seat on a KANU ticket but lost to Senator, John Kinyua.
Amani Sasa CEO alleged that the church constructed the structure under unclear circumstances and does not even pay rent to the party office.
“This is a property of KANU party and hence members of the independence party should benefit from this land. We want to tell the church minister that there is no way that a church can operate within the same compound with party offices,” he said.
He added that the church should prepare itself to vacate from the land.
While accusing some party officials of colluding with grabbers without the knowledge of the national officials, the former Mungiki leader appealed to the national office to help the party safeguard its properties in the county from grabbers.
Speaking at the same time, Amani Sasa foundation spokesperson, Ms. Wanjiru Miano, warned that whoever has encroached on the party land should prepare to vacate and leave the party to its property.
“We as Amani Sasa in collaboration with KANU party, we are peaceful people and we adhere to the rule of law. The rule of law is very clear that you cannot encroach onto a public property and take it as yours.
However, a top church leader who sought anonymity said the church leadership doesn’t want to drag itself in the row and the debate with the former Mungiki leader.
Contacted, Laikipia Branch Executive secretary Mr. David Kosgei confirmed that other party properties in Rumuruti, Karandi and Nanyuki towns were out to be grabbed and called on the national officials to intervene.
By Anne Sabuni/Jesse Mwitwa