Nandi Governor Stephen Sang has vowed to continue fighting to reclaim the Kibwari Tea Estate land.
In a statement on his Facebook page on Wednesday, Sang said it will never be okay and normal for Kibwari PLC, which owns thousands of acres of land in the area to attempt to grab a paltry two acres of land operating as a cattle dip for hundreds of poor peasant farmers, so as to extend their tea estate.
“As long as I am the Governor of Nandi County, I will not accept this county to operate like an animal farm where the rights and welfare of the poor are suppressed and the mighty and wealthier operate with outright impunity,” said Sang.
The county boss said that his government will subject all residents to the rule of law, irrespective of their influence, status, power, wealth or money.
“I want to serve a notice to all those who have perpetuated this impunity and trampled on the poor that it shall not be business as usual, and if to defend the rights of the poor against masters of impunity will take me to court, that is the road I am very much prepared to travel the whole hog,” he added.
He further said that those who have benefited from manipulation, intimidation, blackmail and abuse of power will not succeed, adding that the great people of Nandi will not allow it.
“As for the masters of impunity, you can use your money to manipulate the system and compromise the politicians, but the journey to recover grabbed public land in Nandi, has begun and is unstoppable,” he added.
He noted that for the avoidance of doubt, the public land in question is Nandi-Hills/ Kapsimotwo block 2 (Kettchem)/234 which has been set aside for the establishment of the Kaburet cattle dip.
This comes after the county boss was on Tuesday presented before Senior Resident Magistrate Beryl Omollo at the Kisumu Law Courts where he was charged with malicious damage to property, incitement to violence and abuse of office.