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Kaputiei Maasai chase out KDF soldiers from Machakos controversial land

What way forward - Mzee James Turere at the Sheep and Goats farm on Wednesday evening. Photo - KNU.
What way forward - Mzee James Turere at the Sheep and Goats farm on Wednesday evening. Photo - KNU.
WORRIED: The community is worried the state is going to dish out all their ancestral land to state corporations and individuals with the blessings of President Uhuru Kenyatta

Kaputiei community members on Wednesday forcefully stopped KDF soldiers found fencing one part of the controversial Sheep and Goats farm in Kitengela.

Four KDF soldiers in uniform and about three others without had moved into the controversial farm with civilian casual workers to erect a fence on 7-acre land alleged to belong to the Kenya meat commission.

They were spotted hurrying workers to dig fence post holes, but they did not go far before a team of morans and elders came over to stop them with a court order.

The soldiers on the land were served with a court order prohibiting them from carrying out any activity on the land.

Wilson Kisemei addresses journalists after chasing away KDF soldiers from the controversial farm.
Wilson Kisemei addresses journalists after chasing away KDF soldiers from the controversial farm.

The contempt of court orders was issued in Machakos ELC PET EO9 of Empakasi Oolera Trust Vs Kenya Wildlife Service and 4 others.

Initially, the KDF soldiers had claimed they are only junior officers and would let their seniors know about the new development.

While one soldier appeared to make some frantic calls to their bosses, members of the press were kept out of the site after one of the army men said cameras are prohibited.

On the other end, two soldiers were supervising the digging of the holes. The action infuriated the community members, who immediately called off the exercise.

The KDF soldiers retreated with their guns but their seniors had not arrived as the journalists left the site located in the Old Kitengela, Machakos County.

The chairman and the secretary of the Empakasi Oolera Trust that oversees the Sheep and Goats land, James Turere and Wilson Kisemei, respectfully, opposed the fencing of the piece of the land.

Both said they have a court injunction that stooped all operations in the farm until another case involving the members of the trust has been determined.

The land in question is where President Uhuru Kenyatta, about a month ago, hived out 2, 000 acres and handed it over to Nairobi National Park for conservation issues.

The members of the trust have since moved to court to challenge President Kenyatta’s action as they argued they were not consulted when part of their community land was taken away.

Back to the Wednesday saga, Kisemei told President Kenyatta to “tread carefully” on the Maasai community land issues.

“We know that this land has been given out by the state to the army. Why would they use the army to fence it if it is not theirs?” asked Kisemei.

“Our children have no more land left, and the state is busy here dishing out our ancestral land. What does this government think about the Maasai,” said Turere.

 

 

 

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