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Deputy County Commissioner defends expulsion of TARDA – KBC

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Economists cooking under trees after being evicted from TARDA land in the Mwingi area of ​​Kitui County

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The expulsion of squatters from Tana by the Athi River Development Authority (TARDA) in Mwingi, Kitui County and Tharaka Nithi County earlier this week was justified after a court order was issued last year to carry out the exercise.

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Deputy Sub-County Central County Commissioner Omari Dima defended the eviction exercise saying the affected residents defied the eviction court order forcing the authorities to use security officers to enforce the order.

“We held several mobilization meetings with squatters to leave the ground peacefully since March 2020 when a court order was issued but they refused to do so, and instead became hostile,” said the Deputy County Commissioner.

The squatters had moved to court to prevent TARDA from evicting them but lost the case.

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In a March 12, 2020 decision, the court ordered the removal of squatters.

The court also ordered TARDA to set boundaries and place beacons on their land for ease of identification to prevent future land invasion.

However, the exercise was blocked by squatters who acted aggressively to prevent the exercise from taking place.

Earlier this week, security officials enforced a court order to forcibly remove squatters from TARDA land.

More than 700 households from Mwingi province in Kitui county now live in temporary camps.

More than 700 households from Mwingi province in Kitui county now live in temporary camps.

The Red Cross on Wednesday moved to assist the squatters with food and other humanitarian needs.

The landlords are asking the government to help them find alternative land, saying they are poor and are counting on not buying land for housing.

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