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Court blocks KMC from occupying Machakos Sheep and Goats farm

KDF soldiers particiate in the fencing of 1, 500 acres KMC land on the controversial Shee and Goats' demo farm in Athi River on Wednesday June 2.
KDF soldiers particiate in the fencing of 1, 500 acres KMC land on the controversial Shee and Goats' demo farm in Athi River on Wednesday June 2.
Those named in the petition and the conservatory order include Kenya Wildlife Services, the National Land Commission, the Attorney General and the CS Interior along with KMC.

The Environment and Land Court in Machakos have temporarily barred the Kenya Meat Commission from entering the Sheep and Goats demo farm.

The order issued on Thursday by Justice O. Angote will remain in force until June 30 when the matter will come up in court again.

Wilson Kisemei represented the community.
Wilson Kisemei represented the community.

Empakasi Oolera Trust on behalf of more than 2, 000 Maasai community members through a court petition number E009 of 2020 have sought to stop several government agencies from occupying their ancestral land.

Those named in the petition and the conservatory order include Kenya Wildlife Services, the National Land Commission, the Attorney General and the CS Interior along with KMC.

The members of the trust claim the land in question (LR. No. 10029) is part of their ancestral land.

The KWS took 1000 acres from the 2,000 acres handed over by President Uhuru Kenya earlier in the year and handed over to the KMC, which is now under the management of Kenya Defence Forces and overseen by Brigadier James Githaga.

Githaga, two weeks ago, moved to the land in Mavoko, Machakos county and started fencing the land he claimed belonged to KMC.

The KDF lawyers advised Githaga not to respect an earlier court order which did not include KMC in the conservatory orders.

Brigadier Githaga then moved ahead to fence the 1, 500 acres he claimed belong to KMC. After the order was issued in Machakos, a member of the trust, Wilson Kisemei, personally served Githaga with the order.

 

 

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