Angry Gachagi residents force MCA to flee over land dispute.


Hospital ward MCA Dunson Mburu was forced to flee for safety after angry residents of Gachagi slums in Thika West Sub-County confronted him accusing him of being behind their woes.

Trouble started when a group of the residents stormed Makongeni Police Station where the MCA had a meeting with some of the village elders over a controversial 40-acre piece of land along the Thika-Garissa Highway.

The villagers shouted them down and threatened to be chaotic, forcing the conveners of the meeting to call it off. This prompted the OCS Makongeni to calm them down, allowing the county legislator to leave the venue.

The land in question, which lies between the Kenya Vehicle Inspection Unit yard and Gachagi Slums, has been entangled in court dispute for the last 19 years between the slum dwellers and Kandara Investment Limited.

They claim that the controversial parcel was awarded to them by Retired President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi.

Responding to their allegations, Mburu said that, as their elected representative, his sole responsibility was to ensure they got their right to own the land and had no intention of acquiring any plot in the land.

“I am not interested in the piece of land at all. As their representative, my sole duty is to see this matter settled amicably,” said Mburu.

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