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Ancestral land uproar at the Kajiado-Narok Nakuru border

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By Peterson Githaiga | October 19th 2020
Some of the locals protest in Ewaso Kidong, Kajiado County. [Peterson Githaiga, Standard]

Tension is building at the Kajiado-Narok-Nakuru border over a piece of land claimed by the Maasai community.

Speaking yesterday during a protest in Ewuaso Kidong in Kajiado County, Kitet Maasai Community Chairman Joseph ole Toris said unscrupulous individuals had grabbed their 4,500-acre property.

“We are wondering how the individuals were gifted our land, which we have owned since time immemorial,” said Jeremiah Maisiodo.

Kajiado County Executive Committee member in charge of Land, Hamilton Parseina, said documents at the Ministry of Land in Kajiado indicate claimants were individuals registered under a private entity in 2019.

“It is worrying that we still have cartels eying chunks of land in the county using fake documents,’’ said Parseina.

Trouble over the land began during the second phase of Kenya Electricity Transmission Company’s (Ketraco) way-leave compensation.

To the shock of the 940 families who were already compensated in 2018, Ketraco has now said land compensation will be paid to seven other claimants.

None of the accused was ready to comment on the matter, only referring The Standard to the Ministry of Land offices.

Efforts to reach Lands Cabinet Secretary Farida Karoney for comment were fruitless.

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