Makueni County Commissioner (CC) Mr. Maalim Mohammed has directed the County Criminal Investigations Officer to investigate an alleged sale of a four-acre piece of land in which five children live, without the owner’s consent in Kibwezi Sub-county.
At the same time, the CC has assured the children that the government would ensure the land wasn’t taken away from them. It is alleged the land was sold by three aunts to the children.
Problems of the children based in Kathekani village started when the parents divorced in 2018, after which their father was jailed at Manyani prison. Their mother is working in Nairobi, therefore they live without parents.
It is alleged that three of their father’s sisters identified as Josephine Mueni Swaleh, Winfred Kanini Mutuku and Mary Ndambi Mutuku sold the land for unknown amount of money without the family’s consent last month.
At the same time, the three sisters reportedly in collusion with the police in Mtito Andei, took a solar panel worth Sh 17,000, stole Sh 5,000, text books, belonging to the children and beat up the eldest of the children, a son, who had stood against the sale of the land.
“We have been harassed and arrested severally by the police in Mtito Andei in the recent past. We have been told, that we are squatters on this land where we have grown up,” said Leah Mutua, one of the children.
Currently, Leah and one of her sisters are form four candidates who are expected to sit for their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) this year.
Ms Leah alleged that the police were paid to ensure they were kicked out of the land.
“When I asked the police why they were doing this to us, they boasted that they were fulfilling a job they were paid to do,” narrated the minor.
However, the County Commissioner has expressed his concern over the involvement of the police in the land issue and wondered how they would arrest minors for no good reason.
“I have directed all those named to record statements with the police even if they are police officers. We shall not allow innocent children to suffer. Police have no role here unless there is an assault, insecurity or murder,” said Mohammed while speaking to Kenya News Agency on the Telephone on Monday morning.
“I have sent the chief to the family to assure them of government support, whoever threatens these children will be arrested and prosecuted. I will ensure justice is done for these children,” he said