The border dispute between Nandi and Kisumu counties has escalated, with Kisumu leaders demanding for the investigation of Nandi Governor Stephen Sang over alleged plans to annex part of Kisumu county.
Through a team of lawyers, Nandi County have filed a petition to the National Land Commission(NLC) seeking to have its boundary redrawn.
According to the County attorney George Tarus the petition is aimed at solving historical land injustices meted on the community during the colonial period.
The County has laid claim to land adjacent to the railway line. The area is rich in resources and boasts of large-scale sugarcane farming.
Historically, the thousands of hectares of land hosting key towns among them Chemelil, Muhoroni, Kibigori and Miwani are belonged to Nandi County.
Governor Sang has pointed out that Nyando river served as the natural border between the neighbouring counties before the Nandis were displaced by settlers.
During his campaings, Governor Sang had promised to ensure the land is reverted back to the community and the recent petition is a clear indication of his commitment in fufillng his campaign pledges.
However this has irked Kisumu leaders. Led by Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o, Muhoroni MP Onyango K’Oyoo and Kisumu East MP Shakeel said Mr Sang Shabbir, the leaders have warned that the move is likely to ignite clashes along the border.
“The move by Governor Sang is dangerous and may reignite the clashes that have been witnessed along the Nandi/Kisumu border in the past,”said K’Oyoo.
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