Thika land officials, villagers face off in land row

Written By: KBC reporter


Land officials from Thika ran for their dear lives after chaos erupted in Gatanga, Murang’a County over a boundary dispute.

Swift action by police from Kihumbuini AP Post averted what could have been a deadly confrontation between the officials and residents of Gathinji village.

The land officials led by a land registrar Robert Mugendi and sub-county surveyor had gone to the area to resolve the boundary dispute lodged by Samuel Karungo Kihara against six neighbors who he claimed had encroached his land, claims they dismissed as mere propaganda.

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When the officials arrived, the irate villagers brandishing pangas charged at them vowing to resist any attempts to demarcate the contentious parcel of land.

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However, their pleas to calm them down fell on deaf ears as the villagers bayed for their blood forcing them to retreat.

At one time, police officers had to cock their guns to disperse the warring parties.

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The complainant said almost one acre of his land had been encroached on by the neighbours forcing him to seek the intervention of the land office through  Kihumbuini ACC Racheal Mulandi in a bid to resolve the row.

The land officials clarified were not demarcatig the land but had come to assess it and fix the boundary marks.

Kihara had sought to have the contentious parcels of land subdivided to resolve the row also pitting him against his younger brother James Mburu Kihara.

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Kihara dismissed Mburu’s claims accusing him of dishonesty saying he wanted to secretly sell the land.

All the parties have been directed to meet at Thika land office on February 26, to be shown the scale map and land registration status before going on the ground to erect boundary beacon.




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