Members of the Nakuru District Ex-Freedom Fighters Organization want the government to reschedule demarcation and beaconing of a parcel of land they occupy in Njoro. According to the ex-fighters official Mugi Kimere, the members are concerned Kenya Forest Service is sidelining them in the demarcation process even after receiving land ownership documents and occupying the parcel for decades.
Over 500 members of Ndeffo have been living in the area bordering the forest reserve since the 1960s and now fear that the move may see them displaced. Mwangi Wanyambugi said that locals were unhappy with the process as their views had not been considered. He cautioned some unnamed public servants to stop misusing the name of top government officials to intimidate locals and make attempts to expropriate their land.
“We have title deeds and we are going nowhere. We do not want people to tarnish names of credible and incorruptible government officials for their own private gain. Ndeffo members will shame state officers using names of top government officials in their attempts to grab our land,” he affirmed. Similar sentiments were echoed by Ndeffo Land Buying Company Limited officials led by director Joseph Macharia and secretary Charles Mbugua. The duo made an appeal to Uhuru Kenyatta to visit the area and cool the tension by ensuring that they are not evicted. According to the officials, since they settled at the place in the 1960s, it has never been a forest. For now, fear is, people are coming with beacons claiming that they are on forest land. Already Weekly Citizen has established, there is a multi-agency team in the area to look at issues of boundaries. Rift Valley regional commissioner George Natembeya’s office is aware of the brewing conflict.