7 December 2012

Kenya: Freeze On Kangema Plot Allocation Over Dispute

Trouble is brewing in Kangema town following disputed allocation of plots by the area local authority. Residents have accused Kangema Town council of corruption in the allocation of some 258 plots in Kangema town.

Following a closed door meeting with area DC Fredrick Muli and council officials, area MP Tirus Ngahu yesterday said further allocation of plots has been stopped and no development of the disputed plots is to take place until the ministry of Local Government gives new directives.

Ngahu said the intervention was necessary because there had been complaints by some residents who said they were about to loose their land.

"I received reports that people who had been given plots by the then Murang'a County Council over 30 years ago and had been paying land rates faithfully were not declared as beneficiaries to their plots. Instead, their plots had been given to strangers," he said.

Ngahu said that the council had indeed acted in a suspicious manner and wondered why the council had decided to allocate the plots a fresh immediately after the death of former minister for Environment the late John Michuki who had stopped the allocations.

"Michuki had been opposed to the allocations and had even called off the entire process saying the Council was not being transparent," he said.

Ngahu assured those who got the plots 30 years ago that their land will not be reposed since due process will be followed to the letter.

He said it was important to have the plots allocated properly because the newly created Kangema district also needed land for expansion.

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