By Tony Wafula
Miluki location Chief Martin Nyongesa has allegedly been accused by human rights activists in Bungoma for colluding with investors who want to grab land through forgery of documents.
The recent incident that happened in Miluki location where a widow, Jenipher Nanjala, was illegally evicted from her land two months after her husband Patrick Kong’ani who died.
The widow’s house was demolished and she was left homeless.
Peter Wepukhulu, an investor who claimed to be the real owner of the land hired goons who stormed the widow’s home and demolished her house and took the remains of iron sheets and other documents from the house.
Addressing the press in Bungoma town, Phillip Wekesa an activist with Citizen for good governance blamed area chief for colluding with investors to grab land from widows.
He said that the chief declined to offer support to the family claiming that the land was legally sold and the title deed transferred to Peter Wepukhulu.
“Miluki area chief should be held responsible for allowing an investor grab land from a helpless old woman and illegally evicting her while he was present,” he noted, adding that the woman has children who should at school instead they are at home stranded.
Wekesa added that the a matter was reported at Netima police station and filed with OB no. 09228/7/21 but no action was taken.
He also noted that the case was later taken Bumula DCIO who refused to inquire into the matter saying that the land belong the person who has the title deed.
“As a human rights group activist we visited lands commission in Bungoma and did the search that is when we realized that the title deed that the investor has was illegally acquired and no land sub-division was done,” Wekesa said, adding that the title deed also had different signatures.
In his appeal, Wekesa urged Bungoma county commissioner Samuel Kimiti to intervene and help the widow get justice.
On his part, area chief Martin Nyongesa told the press that the matter is with Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and that the investor had been summoned by the DCI for investigations.
“This matter is now being handled by DCI therefore nothing I can do, I played my part and its time for the DCI to proceed with it,” he said.