- Ombasa Omweno, board official cited Nyamache, Kiamokama, Eberege Itumbe and Rianyamwamu as those affected.
- He spoke of the pain by the farmers to access the land for the purpose it was intended for because of the skirmishes from the encroaching mobs.
Tea directors from Kisii are up in arms against the encroachment on tracts of land their factories jointly bought in Transmara, Narok County a decade ago.
By this week, only 856 of the 1300 acres initially purchased by the factories can be traced.
The encroachers have severally thwarted efforts to trace the lost portion, the directors said.
Ombasa Omweno, board official cited Nyamache, Kiamokama, Eberege Itumbe and Rianyamwamu as those affected.
He spoke of the pain by the farmers to access the land for the purpose it was intended for because of the skirmishes from the encroaching mobs.
The land was bought in 2012 but has not been used over the years because of the protests from the locals.
The latest spate of protests occured Friday forcing police in riot gear to intervene with tear gas.
"We have continued to encounter such violent opposition from these encroachers we suspect of having an ulterior motive. We are, however, happy with the immense support the government is giving us to ensure the land is recovered," Omweno told journalists in Kisii Tuesday morning.
The fathers want to be assured of full recovery of the parcel so that it can be put to the original use the farmers had in mind.
The said contested piece sits at the Soit area in Transmara West.
Pockets of encroachers which the directors suspect are funded have been facing off the directors with bows and arrows during visits.
The directors had since petitioned Lands and Interior ministries to deploy security personnel to safeguard the property.
They further want the encroachers hounded out of the vast farms.
"The president Dr William Ruto has no connection with this parcel as we saw some activists claiming. This is land bought through proceeds contributed by the tea farmers from all the factories already cited," Omweno added.
On Friday, an claimed the government was out to dispossess them of their land.
Omweno, in a response however objected to the charges terming them based and lacking in substance.
He said the encroachers were hoping they would get their way by using the militia to scare them from accessing the land.
Company legal boss James Mirieri said the mobs may have been wrong to exploit the "Adverse Possession clause of law" after years of confrontations and stopping accessibility from the rightful owners.
He challenged the encroachers to table proof of ownership in a court of law.
"We have all documents supportive of our ownership, they don't have and that is why we ask the government not to give the mobs a chance," he stated.