Families spend night in the cold as county demolishes houses
Restrained countyA court order issued by the Eldoret court on February 19 (Case No.20 of 2019) restrained the county and its agents from carrying out any activity on the land. But two weeks ago, unknown persons entered the land before sunrise and sprayed an eight-acre maize farm belonging to some of the families with a weed killer. Then on Monday, the demolitions began.
Disregarding ordersResidents are now accusing the county of disregarding court orders. “We are asking the county to respect the law and allow the courts to give a direction on this matter,” said Ajira. They said besides the destruction of crops, property worth millions of shillings was destroyed in the demolitions. "Those who carried out the demolitions could not explain why they were doing it," said Hudson Chalo. Many of the affected residents are yet to quantify losses incurred. “My young children aged two and five years are suffering. We managed to salvage a few items but some of them were destroyed,” said Sheila Chebet. Isaac Wafula, a local peace committee chairman, urged the county administration to negotiate with the residents instead of resorting to forcible evictions. But Mr Kangogo, the ward administrator said to have supervised the demolitions, said they had nothing to do with the land dispute. He claimed the demolished houses were illegal structures built without approval from the physical planning department.