Taita Taveta leaders have condemned Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka for planning to visit Taveta to hold a meeting with Kamba community member’s without involving the local leadership.
The leaders led by Governor Granton Samboja told Kalonzo to respect the elected leaders in the region and stop using the thorny land issue to bring divisions among the people of Taita Taveta.
“We welcome visitors in this County but first they should respect the elected leaders. My party leader must involve us before he tours our County. We are aware of the meeting held was aimed at bringing divisions among our people,” said the Governor.
Samboja was categorical that there is no free land being issued in Taveta noting that people are being ferried into the County in buses with the aim of illegally settling them there.
“We have information that some land dealers are ferrying people from Ukambani with the aim of settling them in Taveta and other parts of County. There is no free land in Taita Taveta,” warned the County boss.
Senator Jones Mwaruma condemned the move by a section of Kamba leaders to give humanitarian assistance to their tribesmen in Taveta.
On Sunday last week, a caravan comprising Kamba leaders and a crew of Kamba radio station were barred from accessing Njukini area as police said they had not been informed in time that leaders were visiting.
“How can leaders from another County come here to give humanitarian assistance without involving us? If it is humanitarian assistance then let it be done through the recognized institutions without discriminating some communities. Kalonzo should respect the Taita Taveta leadership,” said the Senator.
Taveta MP Dr. Naomi Shaban said that the leadership in the region will do it’s best to protect land and other natural resources in the County.
“People have lost lives due to land conflicts. We want our people to live in peace. We will not allow people from outside to come and cause chaos in this County in the name of land. If Kalonzo is sincere that he wants to help the Kamba community on matters land, then he should donate his personal land in Ukambani,” said Dr. Shaban.
Voi MP Jones Mlolwa, County MP Lydia Haika and Mwatate MP Andrew Mwadime warned that those who have settled in the region should respect locals or peacefully go back to their places of origin.
“Those visitors planning to cause chaos in this County should leave in peace if they cannot respect our hospitality. We do not want tribal divisions on our land. Our kindness should not be mistaken for weakness,” warned Mwadime.
Wundanyi MP Danson Mwashako and County Assembly Deputy Speaker Chrispus Tondoo further condemned recent actions by a section of community members who conducted rituals at Riata hill in Taveta without involving the local leadership.