2 November 2011

Kenya: MP Mwiria Distances Himself From Land Rows

Assistant minister for Higher Education Kilemi Mwiria has distanced himself from unending land disputes between Tigania West and Buuri districts.

Kilemi, who is also the Tigania West MP, said the dispute which revolves around the Ruiri-Rwarera section is politically castigated. "Before I took over as MP for Tigania West, there had been various incidents of bloodshed especially in 1992. I have told my constituents that fighting is barbaric," said Mwiria.

In an exclusive interview with the Star on issues of land adjudication in the region, Mwiria said he has severally engaged the former North Imenti MP David Mwiraria and his successor Silas Muriuki but to no success. He added that other key personalities in resolving the standoff have rejected his suggestion of holding a public baraza at Mailitatu to explain that the provincial administration has been hindering adjudication of the land.

Mwiria said after a series of political leaders meetings which were chaired by the Energy minister Kiraitu Murungi, the politicians handed over their agreement to the provincial administration to organize a public baraza to explain to the people; however this has never been done since 2009. "We had reached a consensus that boundaries were not important in adjudication and only aid in administration. You cannot eat a boundary and it matters little who your chief is.

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