Residents claim that they had donated 100 acres to the soldiers in the 1980s but the military had now expanded the borders on three occasions displacing several people from their ancestral land.
- Isiolo County Commissioner said that the land belonged to the military wing and was acquired in the 1970s through a compulsory acquisition and the affected residents were compensated by the government.
A Meru court has issued orders barring the government from evicting residents of Elsa Ntirim in isiolo County from a disputed land claimed by the Kenya Defence Forces School of Infantry.
The Environment and Labour Relations Court issued the orders stopping the eviction, whose notice expires on October 12, until the application by six affected residents is heard and determined.
“Orders are hereby issued restraining the respondents by themselves, their agents or servants from evicting the applicants and about 20,000 residents of Burat ward,” the orders issued by Justice Lucy Mbugua read part in part.
The respondents have also been barred from carrying out survey work or adjudication of the land until the case is decided.
The respondents in the matter are the Cabinet Secretaries for Land and Defence, the Attorney General, Isiolo County government, Isiolo County Commissioner and the Ministry of Interior and Government Coordination.