Lands and Physical Planning PS Generali Nixon Korir on Saturday spearheaded a process to resolve the decades-old Chelimo squatter problem which had blocked the expansion of Kericho town.
The PS, who was joined by Kericho Governor Dr Erick Mutai and Senator Aaron Cheruiyot, was in Kericho County to hold consultative meetings with residents aimed at creating consensus before the planned resettlement process begins.
The PS and the County leaders held a public gathering where an agreement was made for the formation of a task force to start working immediately to identify and settle the genuine squatters.
Addressing the public gathering at Chelimo, PS Korir said settling the genuine squatters will create the space required for the expansion of Kericho
“I thank the Kericho area leaders led by Governor Mutai and Senator Cheruiyot for making the baraza a success and putting to an end the dispute that has lasted for decades,” said PS Korir.
Dr. Mutai said public participation is key for the development of the country.
“I am happy for the positive response from Chelimo residents who are in support of the Government’s affordable housing plan. We are going to use this opportunity of the municipality expansion to provide a lasting solution to the residents,” said the Governor.
National Land Commission Chairman Mr. Gershom Otachi, who was in the company of the PS, said he is committed to working closely to ensure disputes over the land are resolved quickly and amicably.
Earlier in the day, the PS held meetings with County political leaders and National Government Administration officers.