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Landmark ruling as Thika squatters win 40-acre land tussle of 19 years.

Former  Del Monte (formerly Kenya Canners Ltd and previously Agro-French Factory) employees sacked during the colonial era and ejected from their previous land along the Nairobi-Nyeri Highway at Makenji in Kabati Murang’a county, now have a reason to smile after a Kiambu court ruled that they were the bonafide owners of a 40-acre piece of land near Makongeni estate Thika.

(Related story:  Angry Gachagi residents force MCA to flee over land dispute.)

In  her ruling, Environment and Land High Court judge Lady Justice Lucy Mbugua annulled an eviction suit filed by a firm that secured a title deed for the land in 1991 and directed that the parcel that is located along the Thika-Garissa highway, be equally subdivided among the 1000 residents of Gacagi slums in Thika.

The former Kenya Canners staff were settled on the land in 1964 through a directive by then President Jomo Kenyatta.

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