Residents warned against registering for non-existent land
Kirinyaga residents have been cautioned against giving money to a who have been going around claiming they have land to offer.
The Kirinyaga Deputy Governor, Peter Ndambiri said the elders have been demanding Sh.200 for registration and Sh.8, 000 for the purported membership.
Ndambiri said the elders have also been accused of using the county government to assert their illegal business.
He said all public land in the county belongs to the government and no person can be allowed to transact land matters except those authorized by the government.
“This is why we are saying those involved in the collection of the Sh.200 are conning the public since they have no land to give,” he said
At one time, the self-professed Secretary General of the Mihiriga Kenda council of elders, Mugo Kabeu was seized by officers from the criminal investigation department but later set free.
Speaking to a large crowd of the registered members at Kutus town, Kabeu said he presented a permit for the meeting and a certificate from the register of societies which gave the right to acquire money for the registration of the members.
He said the group intends to register over thirty thousand members who will benefit from land at South Ngariama and Red Soil in Mwea East.
But elders from a sprinter group said they moved to court to stop Kabeu from further collection of the money.
They claimed the case is still pending in court where they want the group financial status audited before they elect new leaders.
By Irungu Mwangi