Intruders cut down trees on State land in Nakuru
SEE ALSO :Sultan heirs, tenants battle over landBut Bahati Deputy County Commissioner Kisilu Mutua dismissed allegations that they had supervised the cutting down of the trees. “The trees that were cut were on a road reserve. We have launched investigations to find out who gave the order to chop them down,’ said Mr Mutua. The Solai farm was owned by white settlers who sold it to locals in the 1970s. When wrangles erupted over how it would be sub-divided, the Government placed a caveat on the land thus limiting its development. According to a letter by the Principal Registrar of Titles dated September 1, 2005, the land was reverted to the Government. A visit by The Standard established the presence of more than 200 squatters who appealed to the National Land Commission to intervene and help resolve the land dispute amicably.
SEE ALSO :300 tycoons probed over Sh10b land grabRose Khavere said she settled on the land in 1980 after working for a white settler who owned the land. "We used to plant crops and keep livestock until 2003 when we were forced to stop farming, leaving us confused," said Ms Khavere. She said their houses were burnt during the 2007/8 post-election violence but a UN agency came to their rescue and built semi-permanent structures for them.
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