Through Makmot Kibwanga & Company Advocates, Anger has written to Inomo Sub County to stop utilising the land. He argues that the sub-county leaders trespassed on his land in 2012 and illegally set up a market claiming that it would be temporary and went ahead to construct a toilet.
Inomo Sub County
in Kwania district is embroiled in a dispute with a 25-year-old man over a
piece of land earmarked to host the new sub County headquarters. In the
2020/2021 financial year, government approved the creation of Inomo Town
Council from the Sub County.
council will comprise Eastern Ward A and B and Western Ward A and B, while the
Sub County comprises Ajok, Agwiciri, Banya, Aluka and Agonga parishes. The government disbursed Shillings 50 million as startup fund
for the establishment of the new administrative unit. However, construction has
failed to kick-off due to land wrangles.
25-year-old Ivan Junior Anger, a resident of Aberbedo
village Ajok parish claims that he inherited the 50-acre piece of land earmarked
to host the sub-county headquarters from his late father, Youventino Ekwaro who
also inherited it from his late father, Mzee John Anger.
Through Makmot Kibwanga & Company Advocates, Anger has
written to Inomo Sub County to stop utilising the land. He argues that the sub-county leaders trespassed on his land in 2012 and illegally set up a market claiming
that it would be temporary and went ahead to construct a toilet.
Anger claims that on July 11th 2020 the then Sub County
Chief, Herimos Odongo and LC III Chairperson, Douglas Abura trespassed on the same land and convened a community Baraza where they resolved to construct the sub-county headquarters on the contested land.
He now wants the sub-county to
remove all structures illegally erected on the disputed land and pay him
general damages up to a tune of Shillings 200 million within two weeks.
Jenifer Otyeka, the Inomo Sub County Chief who acknowledged receipt of the
demand notice, says they have already filed their defence.
“No one should
panic, as the sub-county we are liaising with the district leaders and our
legal team. They is doing the needful to handle the matter which is now before
the court. We have already received the sermon and the matter is scheduled for
hearing in court on 30th this month,” she said.
Douglas Abura, the Inomo Sub County LC III Chairperson, says
the disputed land was donated by the community to Ministry of Agriculture,
Animal Industry and Fisheries in the early 60s to establish development
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He says the land measuring about 500 acres in Amambale village, Abedmot parish is now being used for Agriculture and hosts over 1000 households in Ajok and Abedmot parishes.
believes that the new sub-county headquarters once established would benefit
the community and greatly improve service delivery.
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Morris Okello alias Juba, the representative of Banya parish
at Inomo Sub County says the land dispute must be resolved by holding dialogue
with the elders and the affected community members.
Sam Ogweng, a resident of
Bardek Village in Abedmot parish claims that the Sub County leaders started
using the contested land without consulting the community.
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Denis Odora, a legal officer with Makmot Kibwanga & Company Advocates, says
they are ready to stop Inomo Sub County from developing the contested land.
Albina Awor, the Kwania Chief Administrative Officer, says the district is grappling with various land wrangles due to the absence of the
District Land Board.
She says they are liaising with the government to release
maps of all government land in the district and demarcate their boundaries to
minimise land wrangles.