The National Land Commission has warned Land grabbers who are using hooligans and thugs to take possession of private properties whose land leases have expired without following the due process of the law that they will be met with full force of the government.
The commission’s Vice chair Abigael Mbagaya Mukolwe said the constitution was very clear on how Land lease expired properties should be dealt with, adding that priority should always be given to the person occupying the property before other persons are considered for allocation.
Speaking on Thursday at the county headquarters during a consultative forum with members of the public organized by the commission to explain the way forward on an allegedly illegally acquired over 600 acres land belonging to Kenya prisons famously known as “Block 10”, Mukolwe was categorical that the land was fully owned by the government and told those who claim to own the property to prepare themselves for a long day in court.
On claims that part of the land had been given to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital for the construction of an ultra modern hospital, the commissioner said there was no problem with the land being utilized for public utilities.
Mukolwe revealed that Eldoret town was notorious in grabbing of government and institutional land saying the commission records show that there were over 1,000 properties grabbed in the region.
The commission’s team had earlier called on Deputy Governor H.E Daniel K Kiprotich Chemno and the County Executive Committee Member for Lands,Housing and Physical Planning Robert Ngisirey where they deliberated on land matters pertaining the County.