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Repeat Survey for Market Land to Avert Border Conflicts

The Department of Lands, Housing and Urban Development will next Tuesday re-survey the Lukolis market land in Teso South Sub County in a bid to end a boundary stalemate between locals and the County Government of Busia.

The development follows sentiments by locals led by market chairperson, John Ekombe who disputed the current demarcation citing irregularities in market land boundaries.

“We urge the department of Lands to re-survey the parcel to established the boundary and through a proper public participation process,” said Ekombe.

Responding to their concerns during a consultative meeting at the market, Chief Officer for Lands and Housing, Teresia Mbingi agreed to calls to re-survey the parcel number South Teso/Angurai/254 to end the dispute for purposes of future development planning.

“We are going to re-survey the parcel next week to end this stalemate once and for all. This time round we will involve Sub County, ward and village administrators, chiefs, area MCA and locals,” said Mbingi.

However, the officer who was accompanied by her Urban Development and Physical Planning counterpart Andrew Otiti reminded locals that there will be no compensation as raised by residents unless its acquisition of land for market expansion.

"The parcel is an original reservation done during the adjudication process. This means it doesn’t fall under the sub-division category to warrant compensation considering that it possess original number. If compensation was not done that time then our hands are tied but we will be able to do so for neighbouring sections,” she added.

Mr Otiti promised locals that the department is ready to conduct the exercise afresh to ensure residents are satisfied with the outcome considering how emotive land issues are and must be handled cautiously all times.

“We want to wind re-surveying and move on to other development matters. As you are aware this ward (Amukura West) has been included among the four units that will constitute Malaba Municipality thus eligible to development works funded by the World Bank through the Kenya Urban Support Program,” he reiterated.

Already Governor Sospeter Ojaamong’s government through the Department of Trade Investment, Industry and Cooperatives is setting up a Sh 5million modern community market at the Centre.

PHOTO: CECM Lands and Housing Teresia Mbingi address traders at Lukolis Market in Teso South Sub County on Wednesday. The Department will re-survey the parcel next week in a bid to end a boundary tussle.

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