Fears as gangs invade land owned by widows
SEE ALSO :Sultan heirs, tenants battle over landThe re-emergency of the invasion in Kanamai, Takaungu and Majengo areas of Kilifi South has sparked tension and fears with security agencies claiming that influential people were behind it. Felistus Kiptoo, a widow, has been forced to flee her 78-acre land after more than 20 youths invaded her home and threatened her. Ms Kiptoo provided documents which indicates that the land plot belongs to her late husband, John Kimogut Kiptoo. “They (gang) burnt my restaurant and threatened to kill me. I’ve been hiding in the forest. I reported the case at Kijipwa Police Station,” said shell-shocked Kiptoo. On Friday, the villagers especially those leaving near the beach said they were reports the gangs plan to invade their land.
SEE ALSO :300 tycoons probed over Sh10b land grabAnother widow, Aluya Saiban, claimed that a group of youths also visited her home and demanded that she moves out of her two-acre land failure to which she will be killed. “We have reported the case at Kijipwa Police Station, but the gangs appears determined to root us out of my farm,” said Saiban, adding that land invasion had reached alarming levels. The Standard has established that the gangs have also invaded Government land and other parcels owned by the Islamic foundation, Waqfu. According to Answer Salim Mohamed, Supreme Council of Imams (Supkem) chairman claims part of the land registered as Wakfu has been invaded. According to police, more than 20 youths found to have invaded or threatened the locals have been arrested and arraigned in court, but released on bail.
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