Bulambuli Residents Oppose Sale of Land to Kenya Breweries Ltd.

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Paul Kimat the LC3 Chairperson for Bihonge Sub-county says the ministry of internal affairs recently instructed the local authority in the area to suspend all land transactions in the area until the wrangles are resolved.

Residents of Bihonge in Bulambuli district are protesting against the attempted sale of their communal land to Kenya Breweries Ltd.

The residents are protesting against an attempt by Kenya Breweries Ltd to purchase more than 24,000 acres of communally owned land in Bulambuli district. The company intends to use the land located on plot 101 block four and 112 for growing wheat.

But a group of residents who claim that the land is communally owned are resisting the sale on the grounds that not all members of the community were consulted prior to the sale.

They claim that two members of their clan whom they identify as Assistant Inspector of Police James Wabomba and George Mangali are negotiating with Kenya Breweries to sale the land without their consent.

61 year-old Francis Wambukwo says he was shocked this morning when a neighbor told him that the land in which he is staying in has been sold to Kenya Breweries at 40 million Kenya shillings by two alleged representatives of the community.

Wambukwo says he is opposing the sale because he was not consulted yet he is among the 67 people who own land titles for block 101.

Sharif Chemonges another resident says that the sale will be null and void unless Kenya Breweries looks for the rightful owners of the land. He explains that he inherited the land from his late grandfather Sirinda George and even has a land title for it.

The residents are also accusing government of allegedly aiding the illegal sale of land in Bulambuli district.

Siraj Chebet who is among the aggrieved residents says that government last year setup a probe team headed by the then Deputy Inspector General of Police Julius Odwe to establish the true owners of the land in Bulambuli district.

Chebet however says to date the findings have never been made public yet land grabbing is rampant in the area.

Paul Kimat the LC3 Chairperson for Bihonge Sub-county says the ministry of internal affairs recently instructed the local authority in the area to suspend all land transactions in the area until the wrangles are resolved.

Kimat says government has also put a caveat on the land which Kenya Breweries is attempting to buy.

Efforts to get a comment from Kenya breweries were futile but one of those accused of selling the land assistant inspector of police James Wabomba declined to comment on the alleged land scam which he has been named in.
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