State was ‘duped’ into buying 750-acre land to resettle IDPs

Thursday September 15 2011

By SIMON SIELE [email protected]

The government may have been duped into buying a 750-acre parcel of land to resettle displaced persons in Subukia District.

An estate administrator disposed of the land without the consent of other parties, we established on Thursday.

The dispute came to light after 265 families were moved from an IDP camp in Nakuru’s Pipeline area to the new settlement scheme on Monday.

On Thursday, 10 family members claiming to have been allocated 240 acres of the land, disowned the property sale.

“We were not consulted when our shares were sold,” said Ms Irene Mwangi, who was accompanied by her seven sisters and a sister-in-law in Nakuru.

They appealed to the government to remove the IDPs from their property and instructed their lawyer to seek a court injunction on grounds that their property was sold fraudulently.

Director of settlement Moses Akaranga, who had presided over the resettlement of the displaced persons on Monday, ordered that the “squatters” be moved out of the land as soon as possible.

He denied being aware of any disputes on the property which was procured by the Lands ministry.

The estate’s administrator, a Mr Philip Kamau Njoroge, could not be reached for comment.

Meanwhile, more than 200 squatters settled on a disputed land in Rongai on Thurday breathed a sigh of relief when the High Court extended interim orders that would allow them to occupy the property until the matter was resolved.

They have sued the Lands minister, his permanent secretary, the commissioner of lands, the director of land adjudication and settlement, the Attorney-General and the Nakuru district land registrar.

They officials are accused of overseeing a double allocation of their settlement scheme despite having first issued them with allotment letters for five-acre plot per individual.

The case is set for hearing on October 5 at the High Court in Nakuru.