KDF accused of encroaching land along Meru-Isiolo border

Written By: Rose Gakuo
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Residents in Ntulili area along the Meru-Isiolo border are accusing the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) of encroaching their land.

They are appealing to the National Land Commission (NLC) to intervene and save them from losing their property.

The Residents led by Salesio Kiambi claim KDF started encroaching on their parcels of land after they were surveyed following a directive by the president.

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Kiambi expressed fears that unscrupulous individuals may have colluded with top military chiefs to grab their land in the name of extending the 78th Tank Battalion operation area.

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Benard Mwilaria, who bought a parcel of land in the disputed area over ten years ago, argues that the area was declared an adjudication section by the government and a survey conducted without anyone raising a query.

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During a recent visit in Kiwanjani area which is also plagued by cases of land grabbing and multiple allocations, Isiolo Governor Mohamed Kuti also hinted that the ongoing standoff pitting the KDF and members of public was most likely a scheme by influential people to grab the land.

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The residents say they are eagerly awaiting title deeds which they believe will solve the matter.

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