More than 500 families face eviction from School land

More than 500 families face eviction from School land

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Kilifi,KENYA:More than 500 residents in Magogoni – Jaribuni, Ganze Sub -County in Kilifi County are on the brink of eviction following a land row.

The land measuring 72 acres is said to have been set aside for the construction of Sosoni Secondary School.

In an interview with Baraka FM, the residents expressed fear of losing the land which they claim ownership, to grabbers in the name of construction of the secondary school.

Led by the family of Mzee Bemewa Sheriff, Mumbo Ndege, one of the family members said as a family they had agreed that the school to be built on 10 acres the family had donated.

“We are afraid that if we allow the surveyors to give lands to the schools then the area chief John Dzengo will take advantage of the remaining parcel of land as the title is still the same,” said Ndenge.

“We are afraid of losing 56acres of land which now belongs to us to grabbers.”

Gamoyoni Deri, another member of the family said the wrangles over the land were brought about after his grandfather Mzee Deri donated a land to missionaries for the construction of a church which later brought about Magogoni primary school.

He blamed the school for colluding with the chief to have the families thrown out of the land after the family agreed on Eeducation development.

“We were surprised when we were in a meeting and the chief said he did not recognize us and that the land belongs to Arabs,” Gamoyoni said.

Jaribuni ward representative Emmanuel Chai refuted claims directed to him by area chief Dzengo that he is inciting the Magogoni community against education development.

“I am against anybody evicting my people in the name of development,” Chai said.

Ganze Deputy County Commissioner Wilson Ole Saaya is expected to have a meeting next week to address the matter.