Land team to re­solve Nanga Ki­hoto dis­pute in Naivasha

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Parliament -

The Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee on Land has promised to re­solve the pro­tracted Nanga Ki­hoto land dis­pute in Naivasha in a months’ time. This came as the com­mit­tee sum­moned a lead­ing Naivasha farmer in­volved in the dis­pute with some for­mer di­rec­tors and 1,700 mem­bers. Com­mit­tee act­ing chair­man Paul Otuoma (pic­tured) said they will study doc­u­ments pre­sented by the feud­ing lead­ers. He spoke after a fact-find­ing mis­sion in Naivasha yes­ter­day. Otuoma said the pe­ti­tion about the lead­er­ship tus­sle was brought to Parliament by Mu­rang’a woman rep­re­sen­ta­tive Sabina Chege. “We have lis­tened to the griev­ances by the two par­ties and we will is­sue a re­port after 30 days,” Otuoma said. Chege urged the com­mit­tee to probe at­tempted ir­reg­u­lar trans­fers of land and fraud­u­lent fund with­drawals from the com­pany’s ac­counts. The ma­jor­ity of the share­hold­ers are from her Gatanga back­yard. The woman rep­re­sen­ta­tive said the last AGM was held in 2012. “Ef­forts to hold sub­se­quent AGMs to de­lib­er­ate on sub­di­vi­sion of the plots have been fu­tile,” Chege said. She ac­cused for­mer di­rec­tor Pharis Mburu Ngugi of ir­reg­u­larly with­draw­ing Sh495,000 from the com­pany’s ac­counts. Chege wants the com­mit­tee to place a caveat on the land un­til an AGM is held to re­solve out­stand­ing mat­ters. Com­pany trea­surer Fran­cis Muhe­ria ac­cused ri­vals of at­tempt­ing to sell the 1,300 acres against their wishes.

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