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Over 600 families in Subukia protest land grabbing

More than 600 families living in Igogo Chonjo village in Subukia Sub-County have protested the grabbing of their land.

The families want the county government and the Ministry of Lands to help them reclaim the 400 acres which they claim have been allocated to a private investor.

Their spokesperson, Sammy Mwangi Mugo, said the 668 families pooled resources and bought the land in 1977 from the family of the founding President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.

Mr. Mugo said the department of Physical Planning set aside portions for the construction of a primary school and the rest left for construction of a hospital, a market, and a shopping center when the land was demarcated.

The spokesman indicated that when the first 15 acres were hived off the parcel by the private developer the families jointly hired a lawyer after the developer challenged their ownership of the land in court.

Mugo said the families had raised the issue with government offices several times, with no one paying attention to their pleas.

“The matter has dragged on in court for over 30 years. Most of the original owners have passed on leaving their offsprings to pursue the matter which has never been concluded.

We have reported the issue to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission. No action has been taken,” he said.

Geoffrey Kamau, an elder in the village concurred with the families, saying residents had visited all government offices but got no assistance.

He questioned how the private developer acquired their land and obtained ownership documents without the authorities raising any issue.

“We think those who have benefited from this corrupt deal are senior government officers, some who have been threatening us,” Mr. Kamau said.

“We are very poor families. Our only hope lies with the President and his government.”
Kamau claimed that some corrupt officials of the judiciary were deliberately dragging their feet on the case to frustrate genuine landowners.

Source: www.kbc.co.ke

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