The tussle over controversial Mwea land scheme has escalated with leaders from Embu warning interior CS Fred Matiang’I against stopping the allocation process of the land saying it has intensified tension in the area.
Led by Mbeere South MP Geoffrey King,ang,i the leaders asked the land ministry to hasten resettlement of benefiaciaries the shortest time possible inorder to give room for development.
King,ang,i said that the Cabinet secretary for Interior Fred Matiang,I and his counterpart for lands Faridah Karoney stopped allocation exercise and failed to give the way forward on how the process should continue and this has cultivated fear among residents of Mbeere South.
The leaders urged the interior cabinet secretary Fred Matiang,i to allow the land allocation process to continue for fear of dubious dealings that might see those who have been heremarked to get tittle deeds cheated over their rights by unscripted individuals.
King,ang,i said that the controversy surrounding Mwea land might affect the big four Agenda set by the jubilee government in Embu county because the people who are living in Mwea land cannot do any kind of development as they fear they may be evicted from the parcels of land they are in.
Manyatta Mp John Muchiri,Mbeere North MP Muriuki Njakagua and Embu senator Njeru Ndwiga dismissed assertions by Kirinyaga Governor Ann Waiguru that the ownership of Mwea settlement scheme belongs to her county telling her to keep off from the land.
‘’Let us as leaders be cautious with our words, who doesn’t know that Mwea settlement scheme belongs to Embu county, Waiguru should keep off Mwea land beause her remarks that the land belongs to Kirinyaga may cause chaos between Embu and Kirinyaga residents,’’Noted Muchiri.
National assembly speaker Justin Muturi and senate speaker Ken Lusaka however urged the leaders to look for amicable ways of solving the land dispute and warned them against inflammatory remarks on the matter.
The process of allocation of 44,000 Acres of Mwea land was suspended by the government after chaos erupted between the beneficiaries and those who were left out which left one dead and more than seven people sustained gunshot wounds.
The leaders spoke during a thanks giving ceremony for Embu senator Njeru Ndwiga at ACK church in Kibugu Manyatta constituency.