7,200 Mwea Settlement Scheme title deeds are invalid, says Anne Waiguru
SEE ALSO :Raila, Waiguru ease hostilitiesThe leaders insisted that the ownership dispute between Embu and Kirinyaga Counties over the Mwea Settlement Scheme was far from over. “It is at a more tense situation due to the irresponsible actions and utterances of some of the actors in the matter. Kirinyaga people will not trade off their birth-right in exchange for an unfair rushed solution to the dispute,” said the leaders. A section of Mbeere South residents led by Makima MCA Philip Nzangi and his Mwea counterpart Mwaluko have been calling for a repeat of the exercise arguing that many deserving beneficiaries missed on allocations. “The purported surveying and allocation of land to 7,200 beneficiaries was not inclusive since there was no genuine public participation and the primary stakeholders who are the nine kikuyu clans and the Mwea Settlement Scheme residents were neither involved nor consulted,” Kirinyaga leaders said in a statement to the press. Kithumbu had earlier insisted that the process was carried out fairly and all deserving people were allocated land, adding that the few genuine cases that could have mistakenly been left out would be considered later.
SEE ALSO :Judiciary is biased, MCAs now claimHe also said that the process was final and what was once Mwea Settlement scheme is now 7,232 parcels of land owned by different people. Kirinyaga leaders however reiterated that:
- Mwea Settlement Scheme land belongs to the people of Kirinyaga and the Mwea Settlement Scheme residents
- All the purported title deeds issued in respect of the Mwea Settlement Scheme are invalid because due process was not followed. Titles were produced before demarcation and allocation of land.
- The process of resolving the ownership and allocation tussle must be inclusive, people-centred, and the identification of beneficiaries must be open, transparent, and fair.
- A forcible survey and allocation exercise overseen by security forces and experiencing resistance from residents will certainly explode in confrontation, and result in bloodshed.
- Embu County Lands Executive, Mr Kithumbu, be charged in court with contempt of court for violating a court order and presiding over the surveying and allocation of land in the settlement scheme
- A taskforce comprising of representatives of Ministries of Interior, Lands, National Land Commission, Kenya National Human Rights Commission, representatives of MPs for Mbeere South and Mwea, County Governments of Embu and Kirinyaga be formed to resolve this matter within 90 days.