By KARANJA NJOROGE
It was song and dance for 92 Internally Displaced Persons at Ndatho farm in Subukia after they balloted for land paving way for its sub-division.
There was joy as the families who have stayed in IDP camps for more than three years prepared to restart their lives. The IDPs were each allocated two and a quarter acre piece of land.
The farm measures 500 acres and the 92 families will occupy 207 acres of the land with a portion set aside for schools and other public amenities.
During the balloting conducted by Nyandarua Special Programmes Coordinator Fred Musyami, yesterday, the IDPs urged the Government to provide them with planting seeds.
However, in the neighbouring Ndonga Farm it was gloom for displaced families after outsiders started ploughing the disputed land.
The land has been embroiled in dispute after family members of the farm owner went to court to block its sale to the Government.
The Government acquired the 750-acre farm last year but its subdivision has been hindered by a pending court case filed by daughters of the deceased farm owner who are opposed to the sale.
More than 200 families had been relocated to the farm before some of the family members moved to court seeking to reverse the transaction.
The IDPs asked the Government to sub divide the land and threatened to do the same if no action was taken.