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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Fear crooks using KBC name to fence and grab land

Our Reporter

A co-operative society in Matungulu, Machakos county has appealed to Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene in a case where land crooks are targeting 1,200 acres of land using the name of the state broadcaster KBC. Komarock Housing Co-op Society Limited, formerly Komarock Ranching and Farming Cooperative Society Ltd is fighting to secure the land from grabbers.
Komarock Housing Co-operative Society says it bought the land from a British settler in 1963, which it annexed for various development projects including setting up a dairy farm, establishment of a university as well as a nuclear estate.
The society says it donated 23 acres to KBC (then VoK) to install masts for analogue radio broadcasting atop what today is called VoK hill, which have since been rendered obsolete following switch to digital broadcast technology.
However, there have been conflicting theories that have further complicated the true position on who the owner of the land is, with another letter purportedly written by the chairman of the National Land Commission, addressed to chairman of Komarock Housing Bernard Maembe, alleging the land belongs to the government, a claim that the society fiercely contests.
The society argues that even after the High Court issued stay orders to contesting parties until the case is fully heard and determined, the other party has decided to disobey the directive and is erecting a perimeter fence in total disregard of court order.
According to the society’s chairman, the other entity laying claim on the same land deliberately crafted an identity similar to theirs by registration (Komarock Ranching Company Limited), with the aim of creating confusion and, perhaps, reaping from the state of anarchy occasioned by the endless tussle.
“We find it difficult to believe KBC is doing the fencing, since the government is not known to  break the law. Chances are the same crooks using a name with close similarity to ours are the perpetrating this illegal act,” said Maembe.
Members of the society have also raised concern over rampant cases of alleged arbitrary arrests against some committee members, ostensibly to intimidate them. The society has also donated a further portion of land for setting up a dispensary, and community cattle dip next to its newly established multi-million administration and multi-purpose complex which will henceforth house the society’s head offices and operations base. Also set aside is a portion of land to house an Administration Police post to contain growing  insecurity in the area. The complex is expected to be completed any time before mid this year.
According to a letter written by the office of registrar of companies dated July 28 2011, addressed to Komarock Ranching Company Limited, the entity Komarock Housing Society is accused of fraud, a total of 13 directors, some of them believed to be residents of Kangundo had been earlier enlisted as shareholders. They include Martin Muthama, Philip Kilonzo, John Ngui, George Kieti, Kimanthi Muthai, Ben Kilonzo, Musau Muange and Francis Matheka. Others are Pascal Kiseli, Philip Ndambuki, Rashid Kiilu, John Musyoka and Irene Kasango.