Taita Taveta Residents Urge Their Leaders to Sue Makueni Over Disputed Boundaries

 

By Allan Tawai

The residents have told area leaders to indict Makueni so as to end the vague boundary row between the two counties.

The boundary row between Taita Taveta and Makueni County is over a 65 kilometer stretch of land between Tsavo River and Mtito Andei.

The issue emerged during a breakfast meeting convened by Taita Taveta Senator Johnes Mwaruma at Dan Mwazo Hall in Voi on Thursday.

They urged the leaders to file a court injunction to stop revenue collection by either counties at the border towns so as to force dialogue.

The residents of Taita Taveta blame politicians from the county who served in past regimes for lacking a goodwill to protect the county boundaries.

“We have tried different ways to claim back our land in vain and must now change our tactics,” Mbashu said.

Wilson Wang’ombe, chairman of the county boundary task force, asked the senator and MPs to engage the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and National Land Commission (NLC) on the matter.

He said the agencies should be bound to redraft the disputed boundaries adding that the Mtito Andei boundary could easily be solved administratively by the two counties.

Senator Mwaruma said that all elected leaders from the county shall hold a special meeting to deliberate on the best way to end the boundary dispute.

“I cannot solve this alone but I assure you that we shall have a collective effort to claim what is rightfully ours. We all know that parts of Mtito Andei are in Taita Taveta and not in Makueni as purported,” Mwaruma said.

Last week, Taita Taveta governor Granton Samboja assured residents that no single inch of land shall be lost to neighboring counties.

 

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