Land conflict at Kanamai in Kikambala, Kilifi County took a fresh twist over the weekend when locals blamed a Nairobi based politician for the disappearance of their kin.
Locals said that the powerful politician is said to have ordered his bodyguards to handcuff the two and drove off with them in a private car.
The locals led by one of the victim Beatrice Osino said the parcel of land in tussle was grabbed by the politician and locals are being evicted.
Osino said that two youth who were earlier wrongly charged on criminal related counts at the Shanzu law courts were later abducted by unknown people believed to be officers from the Criminal Investigations Department CID in Mombasa.
Speaking at Haki Africa offices in Mombasa on Monday, Residents land protection Organisation of Kenya Chairperson Dewelly Nyambu said the Mombasa high court investigated the matter and visited the parcel of land in question.
“National land surveyors confirmed that the purported owner of land only owned 31.43 acres of land that were given to him to initiate a project, however he is now claiming ownership of over 200 acres ordering locals to vacate the land,” revealed Mr. Nyambu.
He criticised local politicians for staying mum over the matter.
“Our problem is that our politicians are completely silent despite all these intrigues, can’t they stand up with locals?” noted Nyambu.
Case handed to DPP
Addressing journalists at the Haki Africa offices in Mombasa on Monday, Haki Africa Deputy Executive director Salma Hemed said the issue is being taken to the Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Hajj.
She said there is gross human rights violation concerning the matter and locals should get justice.
[Kanamai residents with Haki Africa rights defenders protesting evictions at their native land. Photo/Pauline Kwamboka.]
“These victims fled their homes and they have been living in forests for the last five years since the tussle began way back in 2014, we are headed to the DPP for a solution,” noted Salma.
She disclosed the forced disappearances and killings of innocent locals who legally own the land is a scheme to interfere with witnesses.
“In fact we are also heading to the witness protection department to ensure that law takes its course,” she added.
The 230 acre piece of land in tussle is the home of 471 families.