Leaders agree to settle land issues outside of courts
Friday, December 4th, 2020
- Present in the meeting were Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina, Kajiado Deputy governor Martin Moshisho, Naivasha MP Jane Kihara and her Narok East counterpart Ken Aramat.
Leaders from Nakuru, Narok and Kajiado counties have agreed to resolve all land disputes outside the courts.
Led by governors from the three counties, the leaders said court processes delay hence hampering development.
Speaking yesterday in Nakuru, the lawmakers cited disputes that recently led to the closure of the Narok-Mai Mahiu highway, which they claimed adversely affected operations at the multi-billion Industrial Park in Mai Mahiu area of Naivasha.
While decrying the time taken to resolve court cases, county bosses who were accompanied by local Members of Parliament and senators, vowed to ensure pending land disputes were resolved outside courts to avert further effects on development.
This emerged during a meeting between the elected leaders and security officials held at Lake Naivasha Resort to address the emerging challenges facing the region.
Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui called for respect of the law by all members of communities living around the industrial park, the dry port and the busy road.
He said such deliberations will continue to help address emerging issues that affect the three counties.
County boss further revealed that the leaders agreed that land disputes, closure of road and sand business will be resolved outside the courts, and called on residents to embrace and support the noble course.
He termed the industrial park a critical component of the government development agenda as goods worth billions of shillings were collected from the inland depot daily.
His Narok counterpart, Samuel Tunai, regretted that the perennial closure of the busy highway by herders was eroding investor confidence in the area.
Tunai added that several countries had already invested in the dry port, noting that demonstrations and land disputes were adversely affecting the activities at the industrial park.
“We have had a crucial meeting where we deliberated the issue of land disputes, sand harvesting and the closure of the road. We have agreed that this can be resolved through consultations,” he said.
Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya, who chaired the meeting, said disputes witnessed in the area were affecting hundreds of passengers and tourists heading to Masai Mara and Hell’s Gate National Parks.
Natembeya also stated that they had agreed that KenHA mark the Mai-Mahiu-Narok road afresh and identify special crossing points for livestock to avoid accident involving livestock. This, he said, would help avert closure of the highway by herders.
On cattle rustling, Natembeya said more security officers will be deployed to Mai Mahiu to tame rustlers from Kajiado West who had for months terrorised local livestock keepers. – KNA