Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago has stopped the demolition by police of slums on a disputed land near the PCEA Church in Eldoret
More than 300 people had already been displaced when police, acting on a court order, started demolishing structures on the land claimed by the church.
As police proceeded with the evictions at the area known as Boma, Mandago and Soy MP Edwin Barchilei arrived and stopped the demolitions until the matter could resolved in a way that will 'save the families from suffering'.
"You can not just move in and start demolishing houses occupied by people without giving them proper notice and providing alternative areas where they will settle," Mandago said as he asked the police to leave the area.
Mandago said the land in question in fact belonged to the public and had been set aside for holding animals before they are taken to slaughter houses in the town.
He said some conmen had attempted to grab the disputed land. He said the county government will take up the matter through the courts.
"The judiciary has been reformed and we don't think they can issue fake court orders. We will take up the matter even if it means complaining to the Chief Justice," said the governor
Barchilei said those living in the area had been at the site for more than fifty years and they could not be evicted carelessly without a proper plan by the government to give them an alternative area.
"This people are supposed to be given proper notice and provided with alternative homes if they are to removed from here. Inhuman evictions are not acceptable,"said Berchilei.
The resident said there had been several previous attempts to evict them using fake court orders. They vowed to stay put on the land.
The PCE Church is said to have have bought the land from a trader in Eldoret but efforts to have the families moved out have not been successful.
Officials of the church declined to comment on the matter but some of them who declined to be named said the dispute would be setteled through the courts.
Mandago asked officials from the Red Cross to help the evicted families rebuild their destroyed houses as the dispute was being sorted out by his administration.