Kiambu county commissioner Wilson Njenga has decried the high number of bogus land buying companies in the area siphoning millions of shillings from unsuspecting land buyers.
He was speaking yesterday at Blue Post Hotel, Thika, while opening a one day Land, peace and elections forum organised by Land Development and Governance Institute.
Njenga said some of these companies bought land in the 70s but had not subdivided the land nor allocated it to their shareholders. He said protracted rows over leadership in these companies have led to some of them engaging unscrupulous brokers and land officials to steal money by conning land buyers.
Njenga urged land buyers to follow laid down procedures of purchasing land instead of losing their hard earned cash by using shortcuts.
"Recently, people were conned a lot of money when they purchased nonexistent land from a group calling itself squatters. How can you buy land from squatters?" he asked.
He said after driving away land brokers and speculators from Thika land office, their moved to a nearby building where people have followed them.
Njenga said through the new constitutional dispensation, land buying companies will be given time to put their business in order and wind up.
"We each have a role to play in getting rid of land thuggery. We have among us, people who are minting money through selling "air" and this cannot be allowed to continue," he said.