Keekonyokie residents cry foul over alleged grabbing of communal land

By Christine Tarayie

Residents of Loodoriak, Tinga in Kajiado West Sub County are up in arms over alleged grabbing of their communal land.

Agitated members of the Maasai community are crying foul over alleged intimidation and harassment by certain individuals.

Locals claim those they were being intimidated to relent on their firm stand of not vacating the communal land.

Residents now fear that they will be left as squatters in their motherland if urgent measures are not taken.

“We are living in fear, we do not know where to seek help. ┬áThe harassment is getting worse day after day and it all started with intimidations. Unknown people are harassing locals for not vacating from our land,” claimed Samuel ole Saitaga.

According to the residents, a certain individual had grabbed 7,500 acres of a 74,000 acres portion was allegedly intimidating locals with the aim of evicting them.

” We call upon the Government to come to our aid,” appealed Ole Sadera, a resident.

Kajiado West Sub county police commander Nyongesa Wanyama contacted on phone said he is not aware of any police officers from the region who have been involved in the arrests as alleged by locals.

“I am not aware of any arrest made over the chunk of land dispute. It is my area of jurisdiction but police officers from this area have not arrested any individual over the matter,” said Wanyama.

He said security agencies have launched investigations into the matter.

Kajiado land county executive committee member Hamilton Parseina told County Press the dispute over 80,000 acres piece of land is under investigations.

“The communal land is a very complex matter. As the country ministry of land we are closely working with the national land commission to try and resolve the matter which seems to be getting out of hand,” stated Parseina.

“We will call for a major meeting involving all officials from the ministry of land, locals and complainants with all paper work and maps to look for a way forward,” said Parseina

The locals have vowed not to relent in seeking justice over the land they claim to be genuine owners.

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