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KDF meets Kaputiei elders over Wednesday Sheep and Goats farm saga

Kaputiei community elderrs summoned to appear before senior KDF officials on Thursday over an incident on Wednesday.
Kaputiei community elderrs summoned to appear before senior KDF officials on Thursday over an incident on Wednesday.
Lawyer Antony Adempa represented KDF in the Athi River meeting while the trust was represented by Dr Amollo Otiende.

Top Kenya Defence Forces officials managing the Kenya Meat Commission today summoned leaders of Empakasi Oolera Trust at their offices in Athi River.

This happened one day after the members of the trust chased KDF soldiers from the Sheep and Goats farm in Athi River after they were found fencing part of the controversial land.

The trust manages the controversial Sheep and Goats land. 

The top officials led by Col Githaiga, who is the current KMC chief officer, summoned James Turere, Wilson Kisemei, and other officials of the trust to iron out issues that blew up on the land on Wednesday.

The two sides had their lawyers and the subject was a court injunction obtained from Machakos High Court that banned all the activities on the land until a case filed by the trust against Kenya Wildlife Services is determined.

The trust went to court after President Uhuru Kenyatta handed over a piece of land from Sheep and Goats demo farm to Nairobi National Park for conservation purposes.

Lawyer Antony Adempa represented KDF in the Athi River meeting while the trust was represented by Dr Amollo Otiende.

At some point, the meeting was heated up when the KDF lawyer claimed his client is not mentioned in the High Court documents, meaning that KMC can continue to fence its parcel of land on the said property.

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Otiende insisted the court order stopping all the activities on the land affects everyone, and therefore any activity carried is deemed to be going against the high court order.

On Wednesday, the Kaputiei community members, who have claimed the Sheep and Goats demo farm is on their ancestral land stopped the fencing of the land now claimed by KDF.

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.

The Athi River meeting ended without any solution as the KDF insisted it was not affected by the court injunction order.

The Kaputiei members from the trust also warned that they will protect and defend the Sheep and Goats demo farm as instructed by the court to the best of their knowledge.

 

 

 

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