Kenya: Six Murang’a Farmers Write to Kenyatta on Seized Land

Six farmers whose land a roads agency admits it encroached on last year to make a public access road have now written to President Uhuru Kenyatta seeking help.

They now want the president to order the Kenya Rural Roads Authority (Kerra) to publicly acknowledge that the 20 feet wide and 200 metres long Kamuiru-Iganjo road cutting across their 12 acres of land in Murang’a County was criminal trespass.

The affected farmers own the parcels of land ref Loc17/Iganjo/2204, 871, 1870, 1826, 2205 and 4020.

The records at Murang’a lands registry shows the parcels are owned by Julius Kihato, Nahashon Ndung’u, Naomi Wanjiku, Esbon Mucheru, Habel Karanja and James Irungu.

Through their spokesman Mr Karanja, they requested the president, in a letter dated April 25 and sent through County Commissioner Mohammed Barre, to direct Kerra to use the survey map for area lands and open the public access road “well known where it cuts through.”

By ignoring the area map, they say, a perception in their neighbours’ minds cropped that the lands measuring a joint 13 acres are public utility lands.

“That is why they forcefully displaced us and some of us are being housed by good samaritans after our houses were demolished,” they say in the letter.

They say that efforts to seek assistance from Kerra, National Government Administration Officers (NGAO), as well as the National Police Service (NPS), have been futile.