Solomon Somo and 120 other settlers have obtained a court order stopping the Methodist Church board of trustees from subdividing, allocating and alienating plot number 162/V/MN title number CR 6348 at the Jomvu mission.
A splinter faction led by the Methodist Church Coast Region Conference presiding Bishop Wellington Sanga has backed the villagers in rejecting the subdivision of the prime land.
The bishop has filed a notice of caution against the church trustees stopping them from allocating the land to new people.
In the order issued by the Environment and Land Court dated July 16, the villagers named the Coast regional police commander as second defendant in the suit.
The order was issued after the villagers filed an application in the chambers of Justice CK Yano. The case is set for inter-partes hearing on September 17.
The settlers claimed that more than 300 people occupy the land, but the church trustees were turning the parcel into a settlement scheme and allocating plots to outsiders.
“The original plan was to subdivide the land and allocate it to the settlers, but we are surprised that it has been turned into a settlement scheme where new people are being allocated plots. We are losing areas where we have graves of our people,” said Akseli Lameck.
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