A section of angry Madogo residents in Tana River County on Monday demonstrated demanding that land being occupied by National Youth Service be reverted to the community.
The demonstrators, mostly women, claimed that the land was allocated to NYS in the 1980’s by the then Tana River County Council as transit camp during the construction of the Nairobi-Garissa road.
Led by area Member of County Assembly, Abdi Ergamso, the demonstrators gave a 7 day ultimatum to NYS top officials to surrender the land failure to which they will hold demonstrations every Sunday until their request was granted.
Ergamso said that the land was later allocated to women traders where a modern market was to be constructed by the Tana River county government.
During my first term, we set aside S00 million for the construction of the market but the NYS refused to vacate the land, Ergamso said.
It’s on record that the defunct county council of Tana River then being the custodian the piece of land allocated it to the women traders of Madogo. We are giving NYS seven days to vacate the land, he added.
The Maendeleo ya wanawake Chairlady, Fatuma Kilas said the community were ready to offer NYS another piece of land in the outskirts of the town so that the contractor commences his job.
We (women) are tired of conducting our small businesses in front of shops and under scorching sun yet we have a conducive environment to put up a modern market, Fatuma said.
At one time the demonstrators tried to gain entrance into the camp but were blocked by the NYS personnel who hurriedly locked the gate.
In July, Devolution Cabinet Secretary, Mwangi Kiunjuri promised to meet the NYS officials and area leaders with a view of resolving the stalemate.
Kunjiri had assured residents that their interest will take precedence.
Source: Kenya News Agency