NAIROBI, Kenya, May 30- A few days to Madaraka Day celebrations set to be held in Narok County on Saturday, a group of residents have sought President Uhuru Kenyatta’s intervention over a land dispute that might lead to some being displaced.
The group, majority elderly say they bought their respective piece of land between 1980 and 1990 only for what they term as land cartels to resell them to susceptible buyers.
The original pieces of land were 100 by 100ft divided from 240 plots and were sold to “willing buyers with assurances that title deeds for the plots would follow soon afterward in their names.”
About 400 people purchased the respective pieces of land in diverse dates and since then, those who spoke to Capital News say, “they have developed them as per their individuals’ capabilities to date.”
Their woes started in 2000 and since then they have been in and out of court but despite active litigation, the so-called “land cartels” have proceeded to sell their pieces of land and processed title deeds in a questionable manner.
One of the aggrieved residents is Jane Nyokabi told Capital FM News that they had hoped to get a title deed after waiting for more than a decade.
“We have won in court before, but the case was appealed. For more than 30 years, we have been hiring lawyers, they get compromised and disown us midway,” Nyokabi claimed.
Despite facing imminent forceful eviction, Nyokabi has vowed to stay put, sentiments shared by other affected residents.
“I will not move regardless of what. Let them kill me but I know we are entitled to stay in any part of this country by our constitution,” she said.
Nyokabi has accused officials in Narok of being compromised to deny them their rights.
“How did they process fresh title deeds with new details?” she posed.
Challenges shared by David Maingi; a businessman based in Narok town. He bought his piece of land in 1987.
“We want the President to ensure the rule of law has been followed. We are a worried lot,” he said.
According to the group, the title deeds issued to new buyers are about 801 plots of 50ft by 50ft which they say it is opposed to the initial 100 by 100 ft plots.
Abdullah Ramadhan is also a victim and says he has since been evicted.
“I am a father of three, may the Government help us,” he appealed.
They were speaking in Nairobi, where they came hoping to seek help from respective Government offices including the National Land Commission, but were not successful.