In Summary
  • During the eviction, their crops were also destroyed by security officers.

  • This is the second eviction from the over 11.94 hectares piece of land.

  • The affected families are in urgent need of food aid, shelter and drugs.

  • Residents alleged that the police assaulted some of them during the eviction.   

At least 300 people from West Pokot County have been forced to sleep in the cold after being evicted from their homes following a land dispute.

The members of 11 families from Kapsait village, Pokot south sub-county, have been homeless for the last one week after their houses were torched last Monday.

During the eviction, their crops were also destroyed by security officers.

The land row between two clans led by Mr Tong’elech Lokwanamoi (seller) and Mr Chemer Lochaling’a (buyer) has lasted more than 40 years.

COURT ORDER

This is the second eviction from the over 11.94 hectares piece of land, the first one being in 2015.

The affected families, which are now camping at Kapsakar and Murkokoi villages in Lelan location, are in urgent need of food aid, shelter and drugs.

“The police came and burned down our houses without notice, we now sleep under trees,” said Ms Selina Tong’elech, one of the victims.

CASE IN COURT

“The case is still in court and we wonder why we have been evicted from our land,” said Ms Tong’elech.

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