Sabaki residents protest land grabbing by ‘powerful’ government individuals
A section of Sabaki estate residents in Athi River Sub-county has petitioned the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) to probe the alleged irregularity of the government land allocation to individuals.
Dejected locals claim some powerful individuals have acquired a part of the vast land that was set aside in the 90s by the government for the Numerical machining complex, a government entity meant for assembling local motor vehicle manufacturing factories.
The project had a false start leaving the land idle and prompting some landless people to settle in some parts of it.
Camping at the Athi River DCI office for hours armed with supportive documents, the locals claimed some individuals have acquired part of the land illegally.
Some of the documents shown to the media indicated that despite the Numerical machining complex paying annual land rates to the county government of Machakos, a portion of the land was transferred to a private entity in 2009.
They want the DCI to probe how government officers were able to sell public land to politicians and private developers.
They further claim Athi River police officers are being used to harass and intimidate locals in a well orchestrated scheme to edge them out of the land. Most of the land is now fully developed.
Athi river Sub-county Criminal Investigation Officer (SCCIO) John Kanda says the investigation has been launched on the accusations leveled by the locals. He maintains the documents so far indicate the land belongs to the government under the Numerical Machining company.
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