Settlers living adjacent to Adventure Park at 14-Mile in Central Province had their homes demolished yesterday, allegedly without being served a proper eviction notice. It is claimed the demolition exercise is the result of a directive from the National Capital District Commission (NCDC) over the Ilimo Farm land dispute in relation to a state lease on portion 1221. There are more than 400 settlers who have acquired, developed and settled on the land they claimed to have bought from customary owners, who are now the victims of the eviction. A total of ve homes were completely demolished under heavy police supervision as the settlers were caught by surprise. Squatter Lessy Dungul Umba said: “All my possessions were destroyed because I was not given ample time to gather my belongings. “I run a small business selling petrol daily but I am left with nothing and I have lost almost everything costing over K15, 000 in damages.” Taipiani Community Association chairman Jeery Febi said: “We are aware that the portion of land belongs to Central province government. “It seems apparent that the forfeiture and the subsequent lease to NCDC was all a planned-out deprivation of property from the peopleof Central Province and its government. “There is judicial notice of the fact that the tainted forfeiture was orchestrated by people with vested interests. “Due processes were not followed in the forfeiture exercise, hencerenders the lease to NCDC null and void. We were never given any eviction court orders to evict anyone orthe block holder’s current occupation of the subject land.” Central provincial government deputy administrator Peter Simbakua assured the people that he will seek legal opinion and claims Governor Robert Agarobe is also aware of the situation. Behori clan spokesman, William Kaeka said the land is not within the parameters of NCD as t is located in the Kairiku-Hiri district of Central Province. “We don’t want NCDC to come in and claim our land as we have had enough of them and know from reliable sources that involves a certain cabinet minister and Adventure Park,” he said. “The known minister should have held an open dialogue with us the land owners and the Central province government hierarchies. Our land is our birthright and our heritage and we will not easily give away as it will not happen.”
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