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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Mwatate squatters land deal fake – MP

Wundanyi MP Thomas Mwadeghu in Mwatunge, Mwatate constituency, Taita Taveta county, on Saturday / RAPHAEL MWADIME
Wundanyi MP Thomas Mwadeghu in Mwatunge, Mwatate constituency, Taita Taveta county, on Saturday / RAPHAEL MWADIME

The controversy surrounding the Mwatate sisal estate has taken a new twist after Wundanyi MP Thomas Mwadeghu said the MoU the management signed with the county government is fake.

Last year, the largest sisal firm in East Africa signed an agreement with the Taita Taveta government to hive off its 200 acres from more than 33,000 to settle hundreds of squatters living on the land.

But it turns out the management did not surrender its title deed to facilitate the transfer. Speaking in Mwatunge, Mwatate constituency, on Saturday, Mwadeghu said the sisal firm should have been issued a new ownership document to reflect the transaction.

The MP, who is running for governor, said the agreement was just a game to confuse the people. “They have never surrendered the title deed to the relevant ministry,” Mwadeghu said.


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