Rival directors agree to end Murang'a’s land dispute
SEE ALSO :Widow in battle to claim land"Today I am a happy government officer as there is hope that the protracted disputes will come to an end since the wrangling groups have agreed to sit down and talk," said Hache. The dispute has attracted the attention of the office of the registrar of companies as rivals fight over control of 12,085 acres of land. The rival groups have been pulling in different directions as the Government seeks to ensure the land is sub-divided to avert more chaos. The prime land has attracted interest from many people due to its proximity to Thika town. Wednesday, tension gripped the 16,000 members as the arbitration meeting chaired by Hache took place at Murang'a County headquarters. The meeting was attended by two deputy county commissioners and county administration police commandant.
SEE ALSO :Alarm as cartels eye plots in KitaleLast week, Ruto ordered acting Lands Minister Fred Matiang'i to help resolve the land dispute. At Wednesday's arbitration, Kakuzi Mitumbiri MCA John Kiarie and security officers left rivals directors in the boardroom as it appeared the talks were headed for a deadlock. Disputes surrounding the farm revolve around directors accused of selling parcels of land to non-members, a trend that has allegedly seen shareholders rising from 5,000 to 16,000. Land buying company shareholders acquired loan of Sh480,000 from Agricultural Finance Corporation in the 1970s to buy the land from a white farmer to top up their Sh120,000 collection. On Friday, leaders led by Governor Mwangi wa Iria, Senator Kembi Gitura, Woman Representative Wanjiru Chege called for the Government's intervention to end the killings at Kihiu Mwiri.
SEE ALSO :Varsity wants firm evictedPermanent solution The leaders cited unending land disputes at Nanga/ Kihoto, Greystone, Mwana wi Kio and Kihiu Mwiri, calling on the Government to give orders for the release of title deeds as a permanent solution. In the morning, the leadership of the farm arrived in two groups – one led by Mr Peter Kariuki Macharia with the rival sending a single representative. Kariuki's camp is working towards sub-dividing the land in plots of 50 by 50 metres reducing from the previous 100 by 100 metres when the process was about to be completed before the rival camp frustrated the process. Kariuki claimed to have been elected in office by shareholders in 2009 with rival team claiming it was a stage-managed affair. Sources divulged that shareholders are awaiting sub-division of three other blocks namely Sauri, Bingo, Mukuyu to ensure all persons have land. The locals are demanding immediate sub-division of the land and subsequent issuance of title deeds to end the killings. A contingent of police was last year deployed at the farm following the killing of Wilfred Gichana, who was shot dead outside his home shortly after he returned from Thika.