Uhuru orders tough action over grabbed Lamu land

July 31, 2014 6:10 pm
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"This level of impunity revealed by the audit is unprecedented, untenable and unacceptable," the Head of State said, referring to the land grabbers.
“This level of impunity revealed by the audit is unprecedented, untenable and unacceptable,” the Head of State said, referring to the land grabbers.

, NAIROBI, Kenya, July 31 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday ordered repossession of half a million acres of land grabbed in Lamu, which he said was a major cause of the recent violence witnessed there.

He also instructed authorities to immediately commence an investigation into the ‘criminal conspiracy’ and the perpetrators brought to account.

“We have established that between 2011 and 2012, almost 500,000 acres which is about 70 percent of the land within Lamu County available for settlement was alienated to 22 private entities in dubious and corrupt means,” he said.

The Head of State who spoke after meeting religious and political leaders from Lamu said all the tittles would be revoked and all those involved arrested and prosecuted.

“I have directed the revocation and repossessions of illegally allocated land in Lamu County to commence immediately,” the President told a news conference at State House on Thursday night.

This criminal conspiracy, he said, “has disposed individuals and families living in this area of their land and fuelled the current insecurity being experienced in the region and frustrated our efforts to restore peace.”

Over 90 people have been killed in the region since last month, mainly shot or hacked to death by a militia group.

The Head of State said he had instructed the Cabinet Secretary for Lands, Housing and Urban Development and the National Lands Commission to revoke and repossess the land tittles with immediate effect.

The action followed an audit into land matters.

“This level of impunity revealed by the audit is unprecedented, untenable and unacceptable,” the Head of State said, referring to the land grabbers.

The 22 companies who are said to have grabbed land include,

1. Brick Investments Limited, LR No. 29110…………..40,014 acres

2. Brick Investments Limited LR No. 29113……………40,014 acres

3. Rusken International Limited LR No. 2911………….40,014 acres

4. Mat International LR No. 29115……………………..40,014 acres

5. Witu Nyangoro (DA) Company LR No. 29274 ……..79, 534 acres

6. Witu Conservative Self Help Group LR No. 281448 ..54,201 acres

7. Shanghai Investment Limited LR No. 29247 ………19,760 acres

8. Fincorp Investments (K) Limited LR No. 29246……41,990

9. Kaab Investments LR No. 29322 …………………..6,268 acres

10. Sheila Ranch Limited LR No. 29254……………..5,399 acres

11. Dynamic Trading Co. Limited LR No. 29067 …..22,230 acres

12. Savannah Fresh Fruits Exports LR No. 29067 ….24,502 acres

13. Mokowe Kibokoni Ranch Limited LR No. 29256…6,725 acres

14. Panda Nguo Boni Community ……………………….12,350 acres

15. Baragoni Boni Community LR No. 29275 ……..19,760 acres

16. Khalrala Ranch LR 29255 ……………………….12,276 acres

17. Cyberdom Investments LR No. 29322 ………….11,000

18. Baragoni Ranch

19. Enganani Ranch
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20. Lamu Investments

21. Amu Ranch

22. Maalim Ranch

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