Matiang’i picks team to end kihiu mwiri land row

President Uhuru Kenyatta has waded into the controversy surrounding the Kĩhiũ Mwĩrĩ land buying company and asked acting Land Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i to resolve the dispute urgently.

On Monday, Dr Matiang’i named a team, which he said would work to ensure the 1,296-acre land is sub-divided and the genuine beneficiaries issued with title deeds.

“The President is himself leading this process so I can assure you it is a matter that has the full support of the government and we take it very seriously,” he said at Gatina trading centre in Murang’a.

Gatina is part of the expansive land, where unscrupulous individuals have been selling plots illegally, triggering revenge killings of eight directors of Kĩhiũ Mwĩrĩ.


Four other directors are missing, and the police are yet to establish their whereabouts.

Dr Matiang’i, while addressing hundreds of residents eager to see the tension and killings stop, named Mr Joseph Kagiri, a senior official in the Office of the President, to lead the team tasked with surveying the land.

The team has five days, starting tomorrow, to complete the task.

Other officials in the team are Director of Survey, Land Secretary in charge of title deeds, a senior Administration Police officer, who will provide the team with security, director of administration in the Ministry of Lands and a representative of the Attorney-General’s office.

The team is stationed at Kĩhiũ Mwĩrĩ until Sunday.

“They will collect the data during the day and feed it into the computers during the night, to ensure that this process is completed on time,” he said.

Since the killings came into the limelight, a high-powered government team led by Deputy President William Ruto visited the area and promised to beef up security to end the dispute.


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