Row simmering over division of group ranches in Kajiado

Kajiado County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Lands Hamilton Parseina has accused two group ranch officials of sub-dividing land without the county government’s consent.

Parseina revealed that the officials of Kuku A and Kuku B group ranches by-passed the county government and sought consent from Ardhi House in Nairobi to sub-divide the group ranches to individual members.

He termed the move illegal as Kuku A group ranch is supposed to transition into community land while for Kuku B, sub-division must follow due process.

Parseina who was addressing journalists in his office revealed that the group ranch officials were working in cohorts with corrupt land officials in Nairobi to issue title deeds to members yet the process was supposed to be done in Kajiado.

“Sub-division of the two group ranches was not done legally. The group’s officials did not follow due process in sub-division of the group ranch and obtained title deeds for members from Nairobi Lands’ office instead of here in Kajiado,” he said.

The CECM called for the transfer of all land officials who have been compromised citing massive corruption in the registry.

He said the land officials from Ardhi house processed the title deeds for members before their land was surveyed.

He also ordered surveyors who have camped at the two group ranches to leave immediately and warned investors to do due diligence before purchasing land from the two group ranches.

The officer further urged the DCI to investigate illegal withdrawals of funds from the two group ranches bank accounts by the officials.

However, the chairmen of the two ranches Johana ole Nkunja (Kuku A) and Solomon ole Kahenja (Kuku B) denied any allegations of irregularity in the sub-division process adding that they were being targeted for their political opinion.



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