The Star (Nairobi)

27 November 2012

Kenya: Taveta Councillor Pleads for 200 Evictees

A Taveta councillor has said more than 200 people might not register as voters following the destruction of their property by lands officials recently.

Kimorigo Kitobo councillor Sammy Kasanga said the houses were demolished and burnt down by Administration police officers in Taveta during an eviction. "More than 200 people lost their ID cards when their houses were burnt by the Administration police officers and lands officials at Riata area in Taveta during the evictions,"he said.

Kasanga said the families are still living in deplorable conditions after the demolitions by the government. However, IEBC coordinator in charge of Taveta Isaiah Saha said no one has reported the issue to his office. "We don't have information on the incident because it has not been reported to us. The voter registration exercise is going on smoothly," he said.

Last week, former Taveta MP Basil Criticos wondered why the government was evicting the squatters from his piece of land. Criticos threatened to sue Attorney General Githu Muigai for the ruthless and illegal eviction of squatters.

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