Murang’a family left homeless after house is demolished over land tussle

By , K24 Digital
On Fri, 22 Oct, 2021 16:37 | 2 mins read
Image of remains after Kandara family's property was destroyed in land disputes. PHOTO/WANGARI NJUGUNA

One family from Kariguini in Kandara Murang’a is counting losses after their house was demolished and property destroyed in a land tussle.

The family of Emily Njoki claims their land was sold without their knowledge and now they are being forced out of it.

The family said they have lived on this land for more than five decades after their father bought it from one of the neighbours.

She said the man who sold the land to their father died before the transaction process was completed and thus they could not get the title deed.

After the death of their father the son of the man who had sold the land started claiming that the land had not been sold.

Samuel Ngigi another family member said their father bought this land back in 1965 and they have lived here all their life.

“The seller was sickly by the time he was selling land and he told our father to wait until he gets well so that they can complete the transaction but he died shortly after,” he said.

Ngigi said the son of the seller sold the land to another person who is now pushing for their ejection.

He said the second buyer moved to court and the family was ordered out of the land but they filed an appeal claiming they had not been involved.

He said he was shocked to see the police officers walk to the compound in the company of young men who demolished their house and the case is still ongoing.

The family is now appealing to the government to help them secure for title deed and have the case settled.

Area Mp Alice Wahome who visited the family said she shall get to the root of the matter and ensure they get justice.

She said she shall follow up the case with the lands office to identify the actual owner.

“We will get a record of all the transaction processes that have been undertaken for this parcel of land to be able to know the legitimate owner,” Wahome stated.

She however said the family should not move out of the land until the matter is solved.