Hundreds of squatters at Nguu and Kiboko settlement schemes in Kibwezi in Makueni have raised the alarm over increasing cases of land grabbing in the area.
The more than 1,000 squatters, who attended a meeting organised by the United Nations Development Programme IDPs resettlement committee chairman Kalembe Ndile to deliberate on land issues, alleged that unscrupulous land officials have secretly sold big chunks of the schemes' land to tycoons, leaving a big number of them landless.
They claimed many families in the settlement schemes were sleeping in the cold after being evicted by the tycoons who procured their plots allocated to them in 1994 and 2005.
"Right now a good number of us is landless. Their home have been secretly sold to rich people by the land officials in Makueni," said Pastor Thomas Ndunda of the Kiboko C Settlement Scheme.
They said those affected were mostly the old and the poor who could not afford to pay Shs 2,500 per hectare as indicated in the letter of offer signed by Director of Land adjudication Mrs. L W Njenga which was send to all the families resettled in the schemes. A copy of the letter send to Michael Mwendwa Kitivo ID NO 21799348 on 15th
Sept 2005seen by the Star indicated that he was offered two plots No 829 and 829 in Kiboko 'C' settlement scheme for residential and agricultural purposes respectively. The plots measured 1.6 hectares and 0.2 and attracted shs 2,500 per acre and were to be paid within 90 days.