In Summary
  • The families were kicked out of the sisal farm in 2016.
  • They have now camped at the Athinai trading centre along the Nakuru-Baringo road.
  • The sisal farm’s director Harry Horn disputed the resident’s assertion, saying that he acted on a court order.

Over 400 families who were evicted from Athinai Sisal Estate in Rongai, Nakuru County now want President Uhuru Kenyatta help them rebuild their lives.

The evictees, who have now camped at the Athinai trading centre along the Nakuru-Baringo road, were kicked out of the farm in 2016.

The families were evicted from Lomolo, Kabaraka, Kilinga, Kipkureko and Alphega sisal estates.

When Nation toured the camp recently, the evictees had turned a public market land into their home.

FORCIBLY EVICTED

Mr Kimosop Chepkongor, an evictee, said his family suffered the most after they were forcibly evicted from the only home they lived in for decades.

“I was born in Kilinga in 1964 in the sisal farm and while growing I knew that was my home,” he said.

Mr Chepkongor noted that they now cannot provide for their families as they do not have jobs.

“Before we were evicted, we used to work on the sisal farms but after we were kicked out we had no jobs,” he added.

Athinai trading centre

Some of the people evicted from Athinai Sisal Estate in Rongai, Nakuru County in 2016. They have been camping at Athinai trading centre. PHOTO | KEVIN KEMBOI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

He further said that due to desperation, many have now resorted to alcoholism.

“When it rains our make-shift houses get soaked in water because they are made of plastic bags and other materials,” he said.

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