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A Statement was sought on 24th March 2021 on the Boundary dispute between Kasigau Community and Rukinga Ranching CO Ltd by Hon Abraham Juma,MCA Kasigau Ward.

“Mr. Speaker, Sir, there has been an ongoing boundary dispute between the Rukinga ranch Company limited and the residents of Mwangwede and Mwakwasinyi villages.

The rising tension in the area in question prompted the Board of Directors of Rukinga ranch Company limited to write to the County Government through the County Surveyors vide letter dated 25th January, 2021 and copied to the Land registrar, Taita Taveta County, the MCA Kasigau Ward, the DCC, Voi Sub County, the OCS, Voi Police Station, the Ag. Director, KWS and the Chief Kasigau location. The objective of the letter was to request the County lands department to send surveyors to meet with the Rukinga ranch Company Limited officials and the elders of the Mwangwede and Mwakwasinyi Villages to come up with an agreeable boundary for the ranch.

Mr. Speaker, Sir, land survey and mapping are functions of the devolved County Government pursuant to SCHEDULE FOUR, part two of the CoK, 2010. Land matters in our County are very sensitive and it is sad to note that its now two months since the request was made and to date nothing has been done regarding the request.

Mr. Speaker, Sir, in view of the above, I therefore request the CECM, Lands, Mining, Housing and Energy through the Chairperson, Lands, Human – Wildlife Conflict Resolution Committee to take up the matter and have the County Surveyor meet the leaders of the two disputed areas to agree on the boundary dispute and report the progress of the exercise to this House within fourteen (14) days. “

With the concern by Members of the County Assembly on the CECM Lands always missing out on consultative meetings with the County Assembly,The Speaker directed members of the Committee to get means on how surveyors can visit the land and solve the issue exhaustively, as they wait for the CECM to appear on Tuesday to answer on several statements sought by members of the County Assembly.

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