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More Than 2,500 Families Forced to Rush to Court After the Government Threatened to Relocate Them

More than 2,500 families in Mutomo area, Gatundu South, Kiambu County, have opposed an attempt to relocate them to accommodate the expansion of Mama Ngina University.

The families have gone to court claiming they were not consulted before the government reached a decision to relocate them from a total of 100 acres of land.

They have sued the National Land Commission (NLC), Mama Ngina University, Kenyatta University and the Ministry of Education.

The case is being heard in the Land Court in Thika. They want the government to be put on the brakes to take over the land saying that most of the complainants are elderly and some have buried their relatives there.

"Many families have buried their loved ones in the land and it would be contrary to tradition and dignity to exhume the bodies of their relatives and relocate them.

“Most of us are elderly people between the ages of 60 and 100 and they depend on their relatives for daily treatment and livelihood. You can't move the elderly to start a new life, ”say the families.

The residents say they were shocked to see their land published in Official Gazette No. CXXIII on September 27, last year.

The statement from the Official Gazette urged them to relocate and surrender their farms to the management of the University.

"There was a list of names, land numbers and the size of the area that should be taken forcibly," say the residents through documents submitted to the court.

On December 20, last year, the NLC published another notice on behalf of the Ministry of Education urging 160 residents to attend a meeting to hear their grievances regarding compensation.

The meeting will be held between Tuesday, January 25, and Friday, January 28, in the office of Chief Mutomo.

"A person claiming compensation for his or her land should submit a written complaint and attach a copy of the national identification number, the Tax Authority (KRA) number, the title deed and the bank account number," the statement said.

The families are now seeking the suspension of the operation to allow for further discussion.

"The complainants are the rightful owners of the land but have never been consulted by the NLC or the management of Mama Ngina University," they say.

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