Kakamega: 80,000 to be evicted for town's expansion
SEE ALSO :Identical twin story takes a new twistThe governor's plan was received with excitement by the locals who said it would help create jobs and catalyse the growth of the county’s struggling economy. They, however, did not foresee the 'curse' (eviction) it would bring along. Investigations by The Standard for the last two months have established that all the affected people have title deeds. Abdala Maina Owochi, a father of nine and 16 grandchildren, is among those who are supposed to move out. Beacons were recently erected on his land and if evicted, he will automatically become a squatter. His parcel that measures 3.5 acres has a free hold title deed.
SEE ALSO :Ruto brokers deal on money Bill deadlockMaina, 62, said he has conducted over 10 searches at the Kakamega Lands Registry and the results show that he is the legitimate owner of the land he inherited from his father. “On May 28, at 2.30pm, I came back home and found the County Physical Planner, officers from Mumias Police Station and county askaris erecting beacons. I protested against the move since I had a court order. I was assaulted and then arrested,” he said. Contacted over the matter, Mumias West Police Commander Peter Kattam declined to comment, saying only the county government can respond to the queries. Salome Habai, a 61-year-old widow. Her husband died in 2005 leaving her with eight children and 19 grandchildren. Their parcel measures 9.5 acres. Ms Habai said she had successfully carried out succession procedures on the land and his five sons have their own title deeds. Ordering her to move outwithout giving her alternative land, she said, would be unfair and inhumane. Beacons have already been erected on her land. Ismail Muchelule Wang’ona, 75, has 10 children and seven grandchildren and lives on a 21-acre piece of land, from which he is supposed to move out. Must leave Mumias West Deputy County Commissioner Philip Soi said the 700 families were compensated by the Government and must leave. A letter addressed to Mr Oparanya by Abigael Mbagaya, former National Land Commission (NLC) Vice Chairperson, however, says NLC does not have records of the Government's acquisition of the land for the extension of Mumias town." “The commission has studied the documents you presented and would like to notify you that the commission does not have records of the acquisition of land for the extension of Mumias town," she said.
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