March 1, 2024

Njeru stock farm probe hits snag as encroachers warn PM Nabbanja

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Last week when Internal Affairs minister Kahinda Otafiire stormed the government’s Njeru stock farm and had its manager Dr Carol Wabule arrested, his justification was that the farm trespasses onto his 100 acres in the area.

The January 19 incident, the latest in a series of raids on the farm, caused uproar in parliament as legislators demanded protection of the stock farm, which is a key agricultural genetics hub for the east and northeastern regions.

Earlier in June 2023, Claire Otafiire, a daughter of the general, stormed the farm and allegedly destroyed property worth millions of shillings while accompanied by armed security officers.

So, amidst all the controversy, parliament gave prime minister Robinah Nabbanja two weeks to present a report on the saga. Nettl Media News understands there are several other companies and individuals, including ministers, technocrats and top security officers, that have taken advantage of the ministry’s vast 1,099 acres of land to encroach on it.

Sources close to the matter have intimated that Nabbanja has so far not made any serious headway into the matter after some of the encroachers warned and rebuffed her that she is a ‘nobody’ who cannot do anything to resolve the matter.

All this leaves the matter delicately poised but the Bright Rwamirama, the Animal Industry state minister, is not about to relent.

“The problem here is land grabbing and it started with leaders of Njeru town council. I expect the leadership to protect this resource which is the only one of its kind in this region. I am optimistic the wrangles will end in the government’s favour,” he said

“I am surprised that he (Otafiire) moved that way because I had talked to him and he said he was selling. I told him that you were selling something which is very controversial. The records I have indicate the person who sold you got a fraudulent title. The law is that even if he bought land, government has an interest there. You don’t just come and evict. He should have gone to court himself. I have not seen his eviction notice. Why didn’t he serve it to the ministry? He is a serving minister and using police really reveals a lot about him.”

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