By Nita Karume—
The new Lands Cabinet Secretary Farida Karoney has found herself at the center of a dispute over a piece of land at her home area in Nandi County. This is barely days after her taking oath as the Cabinet secretary for the docket as selected by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
During the ushering in a ceremony at State House in Nairobi, police officers were deployed in her home in Chesumei constituency. The police officers were to enforce a court order giving her permission to fence the piece of land.
Administration police officers kept watching the whole of yesterday as protection to the surveyors present at the time. This is following a court order by the Kapsabet senior resident magistrate. Both Ms. Karoney as well as the family of Athletics Kenya’s Youth Development boss Barnabas Korir claims the 16-acre piece of land.
Mr. Korir’s family, however, resisted the implementation maintaining that they are the legitimate owners of the land. They further insisted that no action should be taken before a proper ruling by the courts.
Ms. Karoney insisted that the land belonged to her and that she had followed all the legal channels to acquire it from Linus Kogo last year, adding that it was acquired through succession by her grandmother.
She also denied that the police officers were there to enforce a court order. However, Mr. Korir said that they had documents showing that the land belonged to them.