County government of Trans Nzoia begins recovery of grabbed lands

Land of about 50 acres recovered in Kibomet location

A County government of Trans Nzoia road construction machinery clears trees to pave way for the Norec-Kibomet road which was repossessed. Photo/Aspect News

The county government of Trans Nzoia has begun the process of reclaiming grabbed public lands in the region after the area county assembly called for restoration of all public utilities.

The process kicked off in Hospital ward where a road linking Norec and St. Mary’s markets which was grabbed has been repossessed in a process that saw those who encroached affected.

Area MCA Eric Wafula noted that several public utilities in the region were irregularly transferred to individuals by rogue land officials of the defunct Kitale Municipal Council.

“The process of taking back lands which belong to the county government is on and no amount of intimidation will stop it. Those who were duped cannot blame us,” said Mr. Wafula.

The ward representative called on government investigative agencies to hold to account all who took part in the illegality that saw surveys give misleading information to land buyers.

The County government has also issued a directive to developers who are putting up buildings on disputed parcels of public land within Kitale Municipality to continue doing so at their own peril.

Area Governor Patrick Khaemba said he is disturbed by a move by the developers to defy restrictions by the courts of law to put up the buildings on the lands in question when the cases are not determined.

“I am warning anybody who is putting up buildings on disputed pieces of land to be cautious since we will not hesitate to flatten all of them at their cost if the cases are ruled in our favour,” said Governor Khaemba.

The Governor said the county government’s commitment to develop the town has been curtailed by the lack of land for expansion with most public lands being in possession of private developers.

“We have also set up a task force that will look in to the state of lands within the municipality with a view to repossessing those portions which were grabbed by some powerful individuals,” he said.