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Naivasha family loses valuable property as 'investor' claims their home of 39 years

"Police have on several occasions arrested us on claims of trespass and because they are working closely with the investor we are left with no one to help us," she said.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comTuesday, 27 Sep 2016 16:03 EAT

Property worth millions of shillings was destroyed when hired goons backed by police invaded a private home in a disputed prime land located on the shores of Lake Naivasha. The goons raided Munyaka Farm, which is a leading dairy cattle producer in the region whose ownership is being claimed by different people.

Despite the presence of heavily armed police officers on guard, the group descended on the property and destroyed valuable dairy equipment. The family members, caught unawares by the group's invasion of their home in the wee hours of the morning, could only watch from a distance amid reports that several workers in the 100 acre prime land were injured.

The property owner Beth Wanjiku said several groups of people had been visiting the farm with documents purporting to own the land which was false. She said that in the latest incident, a leading investor from Nairobi arrived with the goons and started hiving off part of the land, claiming he had bought it.

"We have lived here for over 39 years and we don't understand why people are coming now to claim ownership of this land while we have always had peace," she said, adding that several sheds, cow spray and other structures were demolished in the farm that prides itself with its high breed dairy cattle and hundreds of sheep, goats, pigs and other domestic animals.

Ms Wanjiku narrated the tribulations her family had undergone with the investor who claims to have ownership documents threatening to demolish their house. "Police have on several occasions arrested us on claims of trespass and because they are working closely with the investor we are left with no one to help us," she said.

"This is the place we have known as home for more than three decades and we do not know where the investor says he got the ownership documents from," she said. At the scene, a tractor was busy 'tilling' part of the land while the senior officers whose role in the area was not immediately known patrolled the vast land.

Naivasha OCPD Titus Munyoki and area DCIO Martin Mbaya supervised the three hour exercise on the parcel of land located next to Lake Naivasha.

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