Standoff over land occupied by NYS in Tana River

Written By: Hunja Macharia
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A standoff looms between residents of Madogo and the National Youth Service in Tana River County over ownership of a four acre piece of land.

The county government allocated 130 million for the construction of a modern market on land currently occupied by occupied by the NYS sparking friction between the community and the government institution.

It has been a tug of war between the National Youth Service and the residents of Madogo in Tana River over ownership of the land currently occupied by the government owned youth training institution.

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The standoff resulted to demonstrations by residents last year to condemn continued occupation of the land.

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According to area MCA Abdi Argamso, NYS was temporarily allocated the four acre piece of land in 1983 and their stay in Madogo is now long overdue.

 Argamso confirmed that tendering for builders of the market had been concluded and the plans were underway for works to construction to begin.

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 Former Saka ward councilor Wedo Abadiba who served between 1974 and 2013 said that land in Madogo was held in trust then by Tana River county council who have free will to allocate land to a beneficiary of their choice.

Elsewhere in Machakos County, over 300 Ngelani Pioneer Group squatters have gotten a reprieve after the Courts extended by one month an earlier order barring their eviction from a 100 acre piece of land in Katani.

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The squatters are embroiled in an ownership row with Nation Media Group Retirees Benefit Scheme.

The squatters say they have occupied the land since 2003 whilst NMG scheme claims to have bought the land in the year 2012.

The court has barred development of the property pending determination of the case on 31st July 2018.

 

 

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