The Star (Nairobi)

21 December 2012

Kenya: Land Dispute Splits Taita Taveta Society

A cooperative society in Taita Taveta wants some of its members arrested for allegedly leasing out land to camel herders Vindo Multipurpose Cooperative Society called on Voi DC Khamasi Shivogo to arrest the members.

Speaking to the Star in Voi, the societies treasurer Joshua Mwakesi said the society was not involved in the agreement and that the 5,000 acre land had been subdivided to the members, with each holding his own title deed.

Mwakesi was reacting to Voi DC's sentiments that an agreement stating that the society had leased a section of its land to herders from North Eastern had been submitted to his office.

"More than 600 Vindo members are armed with their title deeds.We want those purporting to represent Vindo in such illegal deals arrested and charged in a court of law," said Mwakesi.

He said that the society has a total of 1300 members. "Those who do not have title deeds have allotment letters for their plots and soon they will get their ownership documents," he said.

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