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Kajiado, Taita Taveta resolve 50-year-old boundary row

The signed agreement stipulates that both County Governments will come to a consensus on how to deal with the encroachers of Rombo Group Ranch

By GPSU

Kajiado Governor Joseph ole Lenku and his Taita Taveta counterpart Granton Samboja has this afternoon resolved a 50-year-old boundary dispute between two local communities that leave along the border of the respective counties.

The boundary was reclaimed after both governors formed a 22 member technical committee that spearheaded the resolution of the dispute that had seen farmers from Taita Taveta occupy more than 2,000-acres of land belonging to Rombo Group Ranch, hence sparking regular flare ups between the communities.

This now becomes Governor Lenku’s second victory over endless land battles in the county after he rescued more than 170,000 acres of Oldonyonyokie group ranch in January whose title had been stolen by officials.

More than 3,600 members of Rombo group ranch land had been disposed off the land by farmers from Taita Taveta.

The two governors led a high powered teams of county officials, national government officers, Ward representatives and group ranch officials for the historic signing of the agreement.

“We are proud we have resolved a dispute that is older than us. We have used our dispute resolution mechanisms to avoid court cases. I look forward to cohesion, peace and unity of people from both counties,” said Governor Lenku.

Governor Samboja on his part, lauded the teams from both counties that helped resolve the row. “We are proud that our people now know which land belongs to them. We have agreed to cooperate on many other things,” said the Governor.

Kajiado and Taita Taveta Lands Ministers Hamilton Parseina and Mwandawiro Mghanga respectively urged the communities to respect the signed agreement.

The agreement stipulates that both County Governments will come to a consensus on how to deal with the encroachers of Rombo Group Ranch.

Both Governors pledged to host a 10 bull ceremony to celebrate the landmark agreement.

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