, MACHAKOS, Kenya, Nov 13 – Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has written to the Ethics and Anti -Corruption Commission (EACC) urging them to investigate the alleged grabbing of over 13,000 acres of land belonging to the East African Portland Cement Company Limited in Mavoko Sub-County.
Mutua said the land was public property adding he was aware that interested groups involving senior government officials and brokers are implicated in the plot to grab and sell the land.
He urged EACC to investigate all elected leaders suspected to be involved in the grabbing.
Mutua was speaking at his Machakos office after he met the Board of Directors from the cement manufacturing factory led by Chairman Bill Lay and Managing Director Kephar Tande.
Tande said operations at the factory were threatened by the grabbers but added that the land was not for sale.
He said the parastatal had the titles of the land in safe custody.
“The land is a public property and there has been no plan to parcel or sell the land,” said Tande.
Mutua directed all those occupying the land to vacate, saying there were no squatters in the land adding people were recently imported to the land to justify the grabbing.
“The land is not and has never been for sale, therefore, anyone who has purchased parcels of the land should consider themselves to have been conned and they should report to the police,” said Mutua.
He urged the EACC to move swiftly and fully investigate the grabbing of the land.
Tande said the grabbing has also threatened the jobs of nearly 1,300 workers at the cement factory.
“For five years now, we have been facing invasion, despite our reporting this issue to relevant government agencies including the police,” said Tande.