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Locals battle police over land ownership – Weekly Citizen

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A standoff has ensued in Kesses, Uasin Gishu county after a group of farmers accused the police for illegally occupying a parcel of land 11 years ago to establish a temporary police post.

At least 4,700 members of Kesses farmer’s federation said they temporarily leased their land and offices to the police who were containing post-election violence in January 2008 but the police have declined to vacate the property since then.

Speaking after protesting outside the police post, the angry farmers said they held meetings with the former police commissioner Matthew Iteere and retired Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet in a bid to recover the one-acre land and offices located off the Eldoret- Nakuru highway, but their pleas fell on deaf ears.

Retired Inspector General Joseph Boinnet

Kimutai Kirui, the executive director of the Centre Against Torture said the government should relocate the police post to other parcel of land owned by government in the area.

He said the federation has the title deed for the disputed property and wondered why the police service was taking long to relocate the post.

The farmers said there are hundreds of acres of public land in the area that the police post can be relocated to.

Federation chairman Bernard Melly, said the farmers drawn from Kesses, Kapseret and Ainabkoi constituencies had constructed stores where they stocked farm inputs during the planting season and maize grain during harvest seasons.

The group chairman claimed the national police service had pledged to pay Sh27, 000 monthly in rent for the offices and land, but did not pay any amount since it took over the property.

Federation’s inventory report signed by Melly and other officials on October 11 2016 indicates that the farmers were owed Sh2.9 million by the Kenya Police in accrued rent from the plot.

The federation secretary, James Muchina, said the rent mount owed to the farmers’ group has increased to Sh3.6 million.

Uasin Gishu county commissioner, Abdirasack Jaldesa, told the residents to stop the protests and use diplomatic ways to resolve the matter.

Jaldesa said the police post has become part of the community and promised to hold talks with farmers’ federation

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