Governor H.E Dr FCPA Wycliffe Oparanya took peace message to Mutonyi village in Chevaywa ward, Malava Sub County where 92 people have been displaced after their houses were torched following a dispute.
Governor Oparanya condemned the incident where 18 houses were burnt by irate villagers following a land dispute rendering families including school going children homeless.
Speaking at Mutonyi Primary School where he held a peace meeting, the Governor asked elders, national and county government officers to reconcile the warring sub tribes living in the area and fighting over land.
He urged the residents to make use of the elders and the officers in resolving disputes adding that one of their cardinal duty was to ensure that there was peaceful co-existence among the residents.
He asked the administrators to ensure that all children who were displaced following the incident go back to school.
Governor Oparanya advised residents to ensure that all procedures were followed while selling or buying land to avoid disputes.
He noted that elders should help them in handling land transactions because they understand the history of the area better.
The Governor said everybody had a right to live anywhere in the country and their properties protected under the law and asked residents to respect that.
He said it was bad that he was spending his time and county resources to visit the area to resolve land disputes instead of development.
He added that he was touched by the suffering children were subjected to after being rendered homeless and that is why he visited them to provide a helping hand.
The Governor gave out foodstuffs and money to the 92 victims affected by the arson attack.
Deputy Governor H.E Prof Philip Kutima emphasized on the need to use elders to handle land disputes as he called for peace.
He used the occasion to drum up support for his bid to succeed Governor Oparanya adding that he had learned a lot from him.
CECM for Public Service and Administration Madam Rhodah Masaviru, Advisors in Governor’s office, acting PS&A Chief Officer Dr Boniface Mudi, Sub County and ward administrators were among officers who accompanied the governor.
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