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I was warned ‘you’re too young to die’: narrates Member of County Assembly in land dispute
The land dispute in Umoja III has gradually escalated to death threats and even court orders have not helped matters.
Caught in the battle is area MCA Benson Macharia Mwangi who claims he faced death threats early this year.
“Mimi niliambia wewe mheshimiwa ni kijana mdogo sana, usiporekebisha utakula pamba (I was warned I am too young to die if I don’t stop pursuing this matter),” he says.
When asked whether he formally lodged a complaint, he argues, “naweza sema kesho nikose kuamka (I risk dying the next day if I disclose further).”
With time running out and narrowing options, residents want President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene.
“Mr President please come to the rescue of Mowlem residents; they want peace and titles. Having engaged you, I know you are aware of our plight,” says Mwangi, who accuses Kamkunji Sub County Police Commander (SCPC) Adamson Bungei of siding with Kiambu Dandora Farmers.
But Bungei says, “I will stick to the law and truth. I know they want to influence me and their schemes won’t succeed…the MCA and his people don’t want to accept the fact that the land belongs to Kiambu Dandora Farmers.”
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What is irking residents further is the ongoing repossession of open spaces by the company after it was given the permission by National Land Commission (NLC) via a letter written by then Vice Chairperson Abigael Mbagaya.
It was this letter which emboldened the company to even demolish a private school with KCSE candidates, a steel company and tannery.
But another letter of June 2018 from Lands PS Nicholas Muraguri to NLC, contradicts the Commission’s letter by informing NLC that the land in contention was acquired by the government and allocated to individuals.
“There are court orders asking them to stop until a lasting solution is found. I was shocked when Bungei told me to my face the orders are mere papers, and that he takes instructions from above,” laments Mwangi claiming demolition of the steel company and tannery has rendered more than 500 people jobless.
“If allowed to persist; this dangerous trend will definitely end with shedding of blood,” warns the politician.
But Bungei defended his officers saying; “I only enforce resolutions of the security committee, so the claims of acting on orders from above should not arise.”