Some 239 residents of Gilgil-Karunga residents have accused members of the Kenya Defence Forces of forcibly taking over their land.

In a case filed before a Nakuru court, the residents said KDF soldiers have illegally fenced off the 3105 acre parcel. The petitioners want the state to compensate them or return the land. They also accuse the soldiers of harassment and intimidation as they try to access.

Through their lawyer Bernard Kipkoech, the residents said they rightfully acquired the land and hold title deeds to it.

“They cannot assess their parcels of land because Kenya army has absolute monopoly power and artillery to fend them off and intimidate them,” said Kipkoech.

Nakuru residents complain of KDF grabbing their land

Kipkoech said that their right to ownership of property had been violated and asked the court to bar the army from trespassing and taking possession of the land.

“If you cannot execute then my clients must be compensated at market value of which an acre of land was about 1million in 2015,” said Kipkoech.

In a reply to the suit the Ministry of Defense through Major Justus Tarit, denies the allegation saying the land belongs to the government. He said that a gazette notice indicated that some two of the parcels of land were compulsory acquired in 1977 for public use and the rest of the parcels are not claimed by the state though fenced off.

It is alleged that the five huge parcels of land are amalgamated into one piece comprising of the petitioners lands.

The case will be heard on September 21.