NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 14 – “In case they continue to claim that Kalonzo (Musyoka) grabbed land, the NYS also grabbed our land because it is Kamba land and they are not welcome.”
Those were the words of Minority Leader in the National Assembly Francis Nyenze, who came out in support of his party leader Musyoka who has been accused of allegedly grabbing National Youth Service land in Yatta constituency, Machakos County.
Accompanied by eight other MPs most of whom are from the Kamba community, the legislators called for relocation of the National Youth Service training camp in Yatta saying it was not beneficial to residents and was taking over useful agricultural land.
“We don’t see the value of having NYS in Ukambani land because we do not get any benefits from it; it’s unwelcome because it is land we can give to our poor farmers,” added Nyenze.
The MPs defended former Vice President Musyoka over the land grabbing claims he is facing, saying he was unfairly targeted for speaking against illegal land acquisition.
The legislators waded into the Weston Hotel ownership issue saying since the Deputy President had admitted that he had shares in the hotel which is claimed to be on grabbed land, he too should be investigated.
Nominated Senator Judith Sijeny who read the group’s statement on behalf of Minority Whip Thomas Mwadegu, who was absent, questioned the Jubilee administration’s resolve to deal with land grabbing cases insisting that the NYS land in question had been legally acquired by Musyoka.
The MPs insisted that Musyoka bought the land on a willing buyer willing seller basis and that in fact all the stamp duties on the parcel of land had been fully paid.