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Kalonzo warns against plans to dispossess Mwea scheme residents of their land

Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has warned the Jubilee government against plans to dispossess Mwea scheme residents of their land.

Speaking at the party headquarters in Nairobi on Monday, where he hosted some of the affected individuals, Mr Musyoka said that the impending eviction of people who have been living in the scheme for over 35 years spelt doom and could lead to bloodshed.

“As the party leader of Wiper, I will not stand by and watch as innocent Kenyans are harassed, displaced and deprived of their livelihoods. Wiper now urges the Jubilee government to stop the impending evictions to avert bloodshed,” said Musyoka.

The Cord co-principal accused the Jubilee government of being part of an ethnic cleansing plot where people from outside the scheme are being issued with about 83 per cent of land in the area and issued with title deeds by the County Government of Embu at the expense of the locals who have been allocated only 17 per cent of the land.

ETHNIC CLEANSING

“I will go there when I am visiting Embu. I do not have the date yet, but we want to do this before the end of the year. Before I go there, I am telling Jubilee that if they evict people as far as we are concerned, it is going to amount to ethnic cleansing,” said Mr Musyoka.

He also accused senior county government officials of benefiting from the allocations with each being given more than 100 acres at the expense of the inhabitants who are being allocated four acres and below.

Mr Musyoka further alleged that County Commissioner Esther Maina had deployed officers to start evicting residents despite several cases on land ownership in Mwea still pending in the courts and before the Senate.

Mwea scheme hosts more than 12,000 households and has a population of over 30,000 people.

It has 27 public primary schools, four public secondary schools, and over 32 shopping centres established by the local government.

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