Farmers count losses as crops destroyed on disputed land
SEE ALSO :IEBC lays ground for boundary reviewNanyeni, 53, said that in December last year, the new owner visited the station in the company of Western Region Railways Coordinator Sammy Kipsamo and told them that their leasehold had been terminated. This was despite having paid a Sh5,000 fee in November for 2019 and prepared the land for a new planting season.
Notice to vacatePeter Simiyu Wamula, 73, a former assistant chief, said his one-acre maize plantation that he had farmed since 2008 was also destroyed. “We were not given any notice to vacate the land as required in law. We were just told by word of mouth that they had terminated our leasehold yet our money was not refunded,” said Mr Wamula. He claimed that residents were being threatened to stop them from pursuing the matter further. The Standard on the phone that he had followed due process in acquiring the land. “I paid Sh300,000 to Kenya Railways and leased the land for three years from 2019 to 2021. Then I planted sugarcane on it. The maize was uprooted as weeds when I was preparing the land to plant sugarcane. Those claiming I destroyed their crops are trespassers,” said Mr Musule.
SEE ALSO :Toxic food death toll rises to threeMusule said residents who claimed that he had threatened them should report the matter to the police because it was a serious offence. When The Standard contacted the Kenya Railways official, Mr Kipsamo, he declined to comment. “I know you were at the railway station yesterday. Just write what you found out,” he said on the phone.
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