In Summary
  • Leaders say that there was no public participation when the Chinese firm was allowed to operate in the area.

  • They challenged the government to address land disputes in the area, demanding that the Chinese company leaves immediately.

  • Five months ago, more than 200 settlers at the scheme were evicted.

 A fresh dispute has erupted at Katimokor area, Chepchoina scheme along the West Pokot and Trans-nzoia boundary over stone quarrying.

Local leaders and residents have staged protests against a Chinese company quarrying stones in the area.

SQUATTERS EVICTED

The government and squatters at the scheme have been embroiled in a prolonged dispute, with the settlers being evicted every planting season.

Five months ago, more than 200 settlers at the scheme were evicted from the land, which they said they have owned for more than 20 years. Houses were torched and cattle shot dead by security officers.

But area leaders led by Kapenguria MP Samuel Moroto  have  now accused the government  of allowing the Chinese company to mine stones at Narasras hill, Riwo ward, Kanyarkwat location.

 Speaking on Thursday at Katimomor during a peace meeting, Mr Moroto asked the government to intervene, accusing local administration, politicians and brokers of lying to residents.

Mr Moroto said that there was no public participation when the Chinese firm was allowed to operate in the area. Mr James Kaburu, a resident, accused Endebbes sub-county Deputy Commissioner Peter Maina of allowing the Chinese company to operate in  the area without residents’ knowledge.

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 They challenged the government to address land disputes in the area, demanding that the Chinese company leaves immediately.

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