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Monday, 11 Jul 2016 13:21 EAT
A local cooperative society in Kangundo has asked the Government to resolve a longstanding dispute revolving around ownership of about 1, 200 acres of prime land which it claims could be a target of grabbers.
Speaking during an annual general meeting held at the weekend, hundreds of members of Komarock Housing co-op Society petitioned President Uhuru Kenyatta to help them reposess the land located along Kangundo-Nairobi highway which they claim grabbers are eyeing.
Through their chairman Bernard Maembe, the members said failure by the state to intervene on the matter could give marauding land-grabbers a free hand to fraudulently acquire, subdivide and dispose off the land, which is located barely 40 kilometers from the capital city.
“We call upon the head of state to look into this matter because we believe there are powerful forces interested in this land and have used the courts to frustrate our efforts to benefit from it,” said Mr Maembe.
“The dispute relating to ownership of this land has reached a point where a verdict has to be made, so that members can embark on pending plans for development of the estate in line with the society’s recently launched strategic plan,” he added.
Kangundo Central MCA Joseph Itumo who is also the chair of the legal committee in Machakos County Assembly, said he would initiate a process in the local assembly to fast track the land dispute.
“I pledge to take up the matter and explore other legislative and legal options with a view to having this matter resolved once and for all so that members of this society can have the opportunity to develop their property,” he said.
At the same time, the society’s auditors Jones Matheka and Associates revealed that total value of the society’s assets stood at Sh90 million in the 2015/16 financial year.
“The said asset value did not factor in the disputed section of the property owing to the ownership row which is pending in court,” said Matheka.
The Commissioner for Cooperatives in Machakos County, Harrison Nyamu, and the local District Cooperatives Officer, Richard Mulela, attended the meeting.