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Public land grabbers ordered to vacate or face eviction

Western Regional Commissioner (RC) Irungu Macharia, has ordered those who have invaded public land for private use to vacate immediately.

Speaking during the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of offices of the Kenya Coastguard Services at Port Victoria in Bunyala Sub County on Tuesday, Macharia noted that certain individuals had encroached on a section of the land parcel meant for the project.

“If you know that you have grabbed any parcel of land set aside for government projects you should vacate within one month,’ he notified individuals who have grabbed the parcel adjacent to the area earmarked for the construction of the Kenya Coastguard offices.

He stated that the area meant for the project will be fenced off immediately to avoid accidents that might affect the neighbourhood.

The RC further notified land grabbers in the entire Western Region to vacate immediately failure to which they will be forcefully evicted.

Macharia at the same time urged the local leadership and residents to cooperate and work closely with the Kenya Coastguard officers once they are posted in the area.

“The Coastguard officers will work closely with the other security officers to maintain law and order,’ he explained, expressing confidence that the move will enhance security in the area.

The Western Regional Police Commander Kiprono Langat urged parents in the area to ensure that their children attend school.

Langat at the same time advised fishermen not to harvest immature fish adding that the move would lead to the depletion of fish stock.

“We have a lot of fish in our Kenyan side of Lake Victoria but due to poor fishing habits, they are depleted very fast,” noted the Police Commander.

The two leaders spoke during the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of Sh80 million Coastguard offices.

The RC who represented the Principal Secretary for Interior and National Administration Raymond Omollo said that the construction work is expected to be completed within six months.

By Salome Alwanda

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