Scheme residents protest ‘illegitimate settlers’ tag
SEE ALSO :Judiciary is biased, MCAs now claimIn 2016, the Embu County Government subdivided the land and issued 7,232 title deeds but the process of resettling the beneficiaries failed after squatters opposed the move leading to violent confrontation in which one person died while about a dozen were injured. Many residents were angry after they missed out on the allocation yet some beneficiaries were allocated over 100 acres each. Makima Ward MCA Philip Nzangi said the Makima and Mwea people are peace loving adding that leaders should be held accountable for incidences that might arise from his utterances. He faulted the local security enforcement agencies for dispersing meetings convened by scheme dwellers to discuss their issues.
SEE ALSO :Actors unite to nurture talent"I am not a criminal but an elected leader yet when I convene meetings, police officers are deployed to disrupt and disperse the people," said Mr Nzangi. A week earlier, hundreds of scheme residents held interdenominational prayers at Ndune shrine, over the violence in the scheme three months ago. They said they were still traumatized by the violence that erupted after residents clashes with police who were bringing in new owners. However, they were forced to cut short their prayers after police from Kiritiri arrived and ordered them to leave, saying the gathering was illegal. Pastor Shadrack Kilonzo, who was among the religious leaders conducting the service said there was simmering tension after people who were allocated the land vowed to storm it.