Kibwana says will sue KWS over evic­tions

Rangers in­vade dis­puted land in Miku­l­ulo vil­lage, Kib­wezi, and set houses ablaze

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - MUTUA KAMETI @TheS­tarKenya

The Makueni gov­ern­ment has threat­ened to sue the Kenya Wildlife Ser­vice for evict­ing res­i­dents liv­ing on dis­puted land in Miku­l­ulo vil­lage, Kib­wezi. The land neigh­bours the Chyullu Hills Na­tional Park.

Gov­er­nor Kivutha Kibwana ac­cused the KWS of in­vad­ing the land with­out no­tice and dis­obey­ing a court or­der. “We have to take le­gal ac­tion against KWS for evict­ing the res­i­dents and ex­pos­ing them to suf­fer­ing,” he said.

On Thurs­day af­ter­noon, rangers ac­com­pa­nied by reg­u­lar and Ad­min­is­tra­tion Po­lice of­fi­cers in­vaded homes and set houses on fire, as ter­ri­fied res­i­dents scam­pered for safety.

The KWS and the com­mu­nity claim own­er­ship of the land, which has been the sub­ject of a pro­tracted court bat­tle. Speak­ing to the me­dia yes­ter­day, Kibwana urged the na­tional gov­ern­ment to re­spect the lives of the peo­ple and the rule of law.

He said Makueni res­i­dents have been sub­jected to per­pet­ual suf­fer­ing and ab­ject poverty due to land dis­putes that the na­tional gov­ern­ment has failed to ad­dress for decades.

“We are not en­cour­ag­ing en­croach­ment, but we will not be silent when our peo­ple are be­ing ex­posed to un­nec­es­sary suf­fer­ing by a gov­ern­ment re­spon­si­ble for pro­tect­ing them,” Kibwana said.

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