- Reports were rife on social media that the farm was attacked by groups were settling political scores with Uhuru over ongoing Azimio La Umoja demos.
- The Star has however established that the claims are misleading.
Kendong ranch, domiciled at the border of Narok and Nakuru counties, which was invaded by two rival groups is not owned by former President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Reports were rife on social media that the farm was attacked by groups were settling political scores with Uhuru over ongoing Azimio La Umoja demos.
The Star has however established that the claims are misleading.
A police officer who spoke on condition of anonymity said the ranch is owned by a Nairobi businessman who he identified as Kinyanjui.
He said he had talked to Kinyanjui and informed him of the same.
A lawyer to Kinyanjui told The Star they are aware of the developments.
“We know they are fighting over sand and it is not what is being peddled,” said the lawyer.
Police said security agencies were monitoring the situation, which he said was calm.
Police at the same time dismissed claims the ranch is owned by the former first family.
The team that visited the scene said the invasion was a result of a dispute between two groups that differed over money collected from sand harvesting.
The groups had breached the private ranch and got in before they started to fight.
This prompted police to rush there and managed to disperse them amid tension.
Narok East Sub-County Police Commander Jared Marando said police on patrol came across a group of about 150 rowdy men armed with rungus and swords near the Ketraco junction on the Narok-Maai Mahiu road.
"It was a dispute over money collected from lorries after the sale of sand," said Marando.
He added there were no casualties reported on either side.
The ranch has been an emotive issue locally, with the pastoral Maasai community claiming ownership of the ranch.
The incident sparked speculation after Monday’s invasion of Kenyatta-owned land in Ruiru and the attempt on the property of Raila Odinga in the Industrial Area in Nairobi.
Police have opened investigations into the attacks that were politically instigated.
Independent Policing Oversight Authority is investigating police failures to protect private property.