By Whispers Correspondent
About 800 internally displaced persons occupying a 2000 acres of land that is between Kambi Garba and School of Artillery in Isiolo North are in fear of being evicted after the land where they have been living is being grabbed by ‘foreign tycoons’ said to be brought by one of the area former councillors.
Led by elder Osman Dima, the IDPs said that they settled on the piece of land in 2007/8 during post-election violence after they were given it by the then local government officials.
Osman accused that former councillor of plotting to have their land taken by these tycoons because of the LAPSSET and the resort city set to be established in Isiolo.
Osman also claims that his life is in danger. He is accusing the former councillor of plotting to have him killed for being at the forefront in defending the piece of land. “They had a meeting on 1st this month to plan on how to share the land. They also said that they are going to ‘hide’ Osman because he is the one thwarting their plans of taking the land,” Osman said. Osman has already recorded a statement with the police. He is calling upon the security agencies to protect him.
Abdi Huka, one of the IDPs, said that under no circumstances are they going to vacate the land because even the former Isiolo County Commissioner George Natembeya (now Riftvalley Regional Commissioner) knew about the land.
“We are not going to vacate the place. If they want to kill us let them come and kill us,” Huka said. Huka called upon the Isiolo County government to come in and solve the problem.
Rukia Golicha, an IDP from Nakuru, called upon the both levels government to come in and save them from being evicted because they have nowhere else to go. “I request these tycoons to stop this thing because we have families and we are settling there,” Rukia said.
Whispers efforts to reach the said former councillor went futile. He could not pick our phone calls or respond to our text messages by the time of going to press.
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