12 January 2013

Kenya: 600 Risk Eviction At Taita Ranch

Several families at Mlilo and Kangemi areas in Kishushe are of Wundanyi in Taita Taveta are living in fear after threats by members of a group ranch that they face eviction.

The more than 600 residents say they had received persistent threats from a section of Mbulia group ranch members who have vowed to evict them from the land.

On Tuesday, Sylvester Mwanyalo and Sanystone Kambale accompanied by the Chairperson of Coast land rights lobby group, Haji Mwakio, recorded statements at the Wundanyi police station following the threats.

"We have lived in the area for more than 30 years. We have several schools and other institutions in which are also under threat.More than 600 people are living in fear following the threats," said Mwanyalo.

Kambale said the threats were engineered by an investor who has struck an agreement with the ranch for the launching of a wildlife sanctuary.

"The ranch has been paid money and members want to evict us from our land.This is unacceptable," he said.

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