Over 200 squatters forcibly evicted

By: DANIEL TSUMA NYASSY

More than 200 squatters were Thursday evicted from Hussein Dairy Farm in Nguu Tatu, Kisauni, by armed prison warders, injuring a baby and three people.

The squatters claimed the 314 acres is their ancestral land, saying their forefathers had been evicted by rich people who grabbed their land decades ago.

“More than 80 prisons warders arrived here around 11am. Without uttering a word, they began whipping us, they flattened our houses and burnt others. We could not save anything,” said a squatter, Mr Deche Cornelius.

During the 11am raid, 70 houses were burnt down.

According to the squatters, the prisons warders arrived with a bulldozer, flattened iron sheet structures and burnt others.

A copy of a court injunction issued on September 30, 2014 by a Mombasa magistrate’s court indicates that the owner is prohibited from entering the plot, “trespassing” or evicting the 380 squatters until a case over the matter is heard and determined.

Judgement of the case is fixed for November 10, the document indicated.

The chairman of the Nguu Tatu Development Association, Martin Kiponda, blamed the National Land Commission Chairman Muhammad Swazuri and area MP Rashid Bedzimba for doing little to solve the dispute.

“Dr Swazuri and the MP came here some time back in the company of Land executive Francis Thoya and told us to apply for ownership. We did that but we have never heard from them again,” he said.

Mr Kiponda said the MP had assured them that all would be well and asked them to stay put.

“Mr Bedzimba promised the problem would be resolved soon,” Mr Kiponda said.

There are about 380 squatters on the expansive farm where evictions have been the order of the day in the last three years.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION