Police, squatters in standoff at Mark Too’s land
A row has erupted over the ownership of 25,000-acre land near Eldoret International Airport associated with the family of former powerful Kanu era politician Mark Too with a group of squatters laying claim on the multi-billion-shilling property.
There was drama at the farm yesterday after officers clashed with hundreds of disgruntled squatters in their second attempt to occupy the agricultural-rich land. The squatters, who included the elderly and women, were shocked to find a contingent of police officers at the farm.
The officers barred the squatters who were ready to start occupying the land as they dared them to make good their threat to take over property.
There was a bitter exchange as the officers who had arrived at the farm in the morning engaged the squatters in an exchange of words after they declared them as strangers vowing to use all means at their disposal to ensure they are ejected from the disputed land in the event they forcefully enter.
“We have firm instructions not to allow anybody into this land and those who will dare to go against the directive will face the full force of the law,” said a senior police officer leading the contingent.
The squatters led by their spokesman Benjamin Ronoh resolved to file contempt against the National Police Service for defying a court order that was issued last week directing them to provide them with security.
“The court had already pronounced itself on this matter by directing the police to provide us with security so that a team of surveyors we had hired to subdivide the land for our 1,000 members is done without any disruption. We are not here illegally as claimed by the officers,” said Ronoh.