National Assembly urged to block lease of 40,000 acres occupied by whites
The National Assembly has been petitioned to block the lease renewal of more than 40,000 acre tea farms white settlers have occupied since 1895 in Nandi county.
Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter presented the petition in the House on behalf of his constituents. He cautioned the government against renewing the lease single-handedly, without involving and listening to public views as provided in the Constitution. Keter said vast tracts, whose 99-year lease period expires in 2020, should not be renewed but given back to the Nandi community. The residents were allegedly evicted by the settlers before Independence to set up multinational tea companies.
Keter said his constituency and Tinderet are the most affected. “The petitioners urge the Lands committee to establish the status of the parcels,” Keter said. Targeted tea estates are in Kipkelion, Kipkeikei, Kapsumbweyo, Chemomi, Savani and Septon.
Workers pick tea leaves at a plantation in Nandi Hills on November 5, 2014/