A family in Abaranoni village in Ndhiwa Sub County is in anguish after their properties estimated at Sh500, 000 were burnt in an alleged land dispute.
The family of Amos Okongo wants police to arrest and charge suspects who destroyed
their house in North Kanyamwa location, Ndhiwa constituency.
The suspects were said to have gained entry into the house after destroying a fence around 9:30 pm last night.
According to Okong’o, the suspects who are his neighbours burnt all his belongings including title deeds and other crucial documents of the disputed land.
The family had sued one of their neighbours for allegedly encroaching their three acres piece.
Okong’o linked the incident to the tussles which has pit him against one of his neighbours over the land.
He said that the neighbour had warned of dire consequences should he continue with
the land case in court.
“Let police expedite investigations since we now live in fear. They burnt all crucial documents related to the land matter,” Okong’o said.
Speaking to KNA in Homa Bay town, Okong’o linked two suspects to the incident saying there was a likelihood the neighbour hired the suspects to execute the arson.
“I had reported the matter to the police and gave identities of two people involved in the arson,” said Okong’o adding that he has relocated his family for fear of being attacked by the suspects.
Area Senior Chief Daniel Opanda said police had visited the place for investigations and that he was working closely with police to ensure they got to the root of the matter. “We want citizens to follow proper procedures of solving disputes,” Opanda said.
Ndhiwa Sub County Police Commander Robert Aboki confirmed the incident saying
“Investigations are ongoing over the matter and we’ll arrest and charge people behind the arson”.
By Davis Langat