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Pull down fence on disputed Nandi land, Talai elders tell CS Karoney.

Nandi elders have asked Lands Cabinet Secretary Faridah Karoney to pull down a fence erected on the disputed land she claims to have bought at Sironoi village.

The Talai Council of Elders met to discuss the dispute and said workers sent by the CS had fenced off 34 acres instead of the 16 she claims to have bought.

Police used teargas to disperse hundreds of villagers who attempted to block the fencing as directed by a court.

This was after Karoney sought orders to access the area that is also being claimed by the family of former MCA Amos Korir.

The elders said the 16-acre parcel the CS claims to have purchased was owned by two families.

The condemned the deployment of police to the property sayinG disputes should have been sorted out amicably instead of by force.

"We condemn the force and violence used against the family of Korir on February 16 by those who fenced off the land," the council's vice chairman Christopher Koiyogi said.

He said instead of fencing the land the minister bought, the workers sent to the area had fenced more land including a cultural site.

"We want that fence pulled down before that area is interfered with. Failure to do so will result in serious consequences," Koyogi said.

He was with members including council chairman James Basii, secretary Christopher Agui and elders Fredrick Songol and Henry Tarus.

Karoney has insisted even in court papers that she bought 16 acres land in the area and that the public can confirm details of the purchase in the lands registry.

However, the elders said the Korir's family genuinely owned part of the land which was fenced off.

In a statement, the Talai elders said they had on October 6, 2017, settled the same land dispute between the two families by apportioning each eight acres.

The elders said the land - LR Nandi/Kamoiywo/911 - has belonged to the Korir family for many years and was only recently fenced off forcefully.

Koiyogi said the community's cultural sites - Kapigor and Kaptibiik, cannot be interfered with.

"It should be vivid and clearly understood that trees in the area, particularly the fig tree, should never be cut or interfered with," the elder said.

Koiyogi said they respect the CS but regretted that she was misled by some individuals on issues touching on the disputed land.

They want Karoney's family to meet and discuss the dispute with them.

A court in Kapsabet had issued orders for the land to be surveyed and fenced but Korir's family resisted the move.

Villagers opposed the survey saying the dispute must be sorted out in court first.

Karoney has produced documents indicating she bought the land from Linus Kogo last year.

The land was originally owned by the late Maria Chelagat who had allegedly sold part of it to Korir's family in 1968.

The ex-MCA's family said it has lived on the land for more than 50 years without any dispute.

"Karoney may have been duped into buying it without getting proper facts," Korir said.

The CS sued brothers Amos, Barnabas and William Korir seeking to take over the land.

Senior resident magistrate Kesse Cherono issued orders for the survey of the land. The Korir family argued the orders did not include fencing the land.

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Date:Feb 21, 2018
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