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Leaders from Mt. Elgon differ Sharply during NCIC Forum. Mt. Elgon, Kenya.
By Steve Wambugu. Posted: 10th April, 2015.

Former Mt Elgon MP Fred Kapondi yesterday accused current MP John Serut of inciting the community against each other. The two leaders were at a National Cohesion and Integration Commission forum in Nakuru town. Leaders from Mt Elgon attended the forum to ongoing wrangles.

"You are not driving any development," Kapondi told Serut.

NCIC chairman Francis ole Kaparo intervened to stop the leaders' spat.

"Mt Eldon residents are not the property of Serut, Kapondi, Kisiero or any other leader hence leaders should show servant leadership instead of propelling war." he said.

Kaparo accused the two leaders of being the problem. He said they should offer services instead of being warlords.

Below is the resolutions of the two day NCIC forum signed by leaders who attended.






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Mt. Elgon-Kenya: Chebyuk Residents Protest Over Land Row.
By Morgan Mueke. Posted: 5th July 2014.

Residents in Chebyuk village in Mt Elgon-Kenya have demonstrated over a disputed land in the area. This follows claims that a senior administrator in Cheptais had ordered for the destruction of over 100 acres of maize planted on a disputed land.

According to the administrator, the land in question was reserved for the construction of a police station.

The residents said they had leased the land from Bungoma County government at KShs. 6,000 per acre at the beginning of the year and had been issued with valid documents.

Most of the protestors were affected by the 2007 Post Election Violence and have been trying to rebuild their lives.

The residents have now called upon the county government to intervene and avoid loses as many of them had acquired loans from financial institution.
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Kenya: In the furthest riches of the scenic Mt Elgon, frightened residents talk of a dreaded militia that is now regrouping. They say Sabaot Land Defense Force ( SLDF), believed to have been wiped out during a military onslaught in 2008, is taking a foothold and fears abound that it is a matter of time before matters get out of hand. Ad by Tube Dimmer “In Chepkube, we cannot access the forest because remnants of SLDF have taken over the area. They are a law unto themselves,” says one man, who asked not to be named for fear of a reprisal attack.
Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000123093&story_title=fear-grips-residents-as-dreaded-sdlf-militia-said-to-be-rebranding&pageNo=1
Kenya: In the furthest riches of the scenic Mt Elgon, frightened residents talk of a dreaded militia that is now regrouping. They say Sabaot Land Defense Force ( SLDF), believed to have been wiped out during a military onslaught in 2008, is taking a foothold and fears abound that it is a matter of time before matters get out of hand. Ad by Tube Dimmer “In Chepkube, we cannot access the forest because remnants of SLDF have taken over the area. They are a law unto themselves,” says one man, who asked not to be named for fear of a reprisal attack.
Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000123093&story_title=fear-grips-residents-as-dreaded-sdlf-militia-said-to-be-rebranding&pageNo=1

Fear grips residents as dreaded SDLF militia said to be rebranding

By JUMA KWAYERA  Posted 8th June 9, 2014

Kenya: In the furthest riches of the scenic Mt Elgon, frightened residents talk of a dreaded militia that is now regrouping. They say Sabaot Land Defense Force ( SLDF), believed to have been wiped out during a military onslaught in 2008, is taking a foothold and fears abound that it is a matter of time before matters get out of hand. “In Chepkube, we cannot access the forest because remnants of SLDF have taken over the area. They are a law unto themselves,” says one man, who asked not to be named for fear of a reprisal attack.................click here to read more.
Kenya: In the furthest riches of the scenic Mt Elgon, frightened residents talk of a dreaded militia that is now regrouping. They say Sabaot Land Defense Force ( SLDF), believed to have been wiped out during a military onslaught in 2008, is taking a foothold and fears abound that it is a matter of time before matters get out of hand. Ad by Tube Dimmer “In Chepkube, we cannot access the forest because remnants of SLDF have taken over the area. They are a law unto themselves,” says one man, who asked not to be named for fear of a reprisal attack.
Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000123093&story_title=fear-grips-residents-as-dreaded-sdlf-militia-said-to-be-rebranding&pageNo=1

Mt. Elgon-Kenya: Row as 40 families miss out on IDP land.

By Daniel Psirmoi. Posted 16th February, 2013.

Dreams of a new home in Trans-Nzoia County for about 50 internally displaced families from Mt Elgon Constituency, Bungoma County, have hit a snag.

This is after the Cheptais District Commissioner Omar Salat on Wednesday declared that the affected families, who were in the original 236 group that were to be resettled in Trans Nzoia County, 40 were not genuine IDPs.

And now, a row is simmering between the victims and evictees from the controversial Chebyuk Phase III Scheme and the Provincial Administration.

Original list

Speaking to The Standard, Joseph Ngeywa, the IDPs’ spokesman, who is one of those that missed out on the list read out by the administrator, wondered what criteria was used to distinguish between the real and ‘fake’ IDPs.

“All of us have allotment letters and we were duly vetted, we came here three weeks ago and were shocked when the DC read out names and ours were missing,” said a charged Ngeywa.

He pointed out that the missing names were in the original list from the Chebyuk Land Task Force team chaired by Solomon Ouko.

“We have a copy of the original register from the task force, the Government through the Provincial Administration should not play games with our plight,” he said.

When reached for comment, Mr Salat said the Government had purchased 742 acres of land worth Sh180 million for the 236 families who missed out in the initial exercise in Chebyuk settlement scheme in Mt Elgon region.

Genuine

Salat, however, said out of the 236 families, his team found out that only 196 were genuine.

“40 of them were registered twice, they got parcels of land in Chebyuk Phase III and there is no way they can be allocated land again in Trans-Nzoia,” he said.

Salat added that he had requested the aggrieved parties to visit his office and sort out the issue.

“The surveyors are already on the ground, the 196 will be resettled by next week.”

Adding his voice to the issue, former area MP and Planning Assistant Minister John Serut took issue with the ongoing resettlement, saying proper planning had not been carried out and that the welfare of the IDPs from the constituency had not been catered for.

“Three weeks ago, the IDPs were asked to go to the farms the Government bought for them in Trans-Nzoia by the Provincial Administration,” he said.

He added: “These people are now languishing in the cold without any support from the Government”.

Mr Serut observed that the exercise was hurriedly carried out at the behest of a local politician who wants to gain political mileage from it.

Elections

 He noted that IDPs in other parts of the country are given money by the Government to cater for their logistics.

He said: “Are they not Kenyans? Why the preferential treatment? Some of the people even walked from Kopsiro to their farms in Trans-Nzoia County, which is not fair at all; let it be done after the elections,” Serut said,

He further said that caution should be exercised as matters to do with land are potentially explosive and emotive among the Sabaots”.

He added: “We do not want the emergence of another militia force like the Sabaot Land Defense Force that may purport to fight for land while terrorizing innocent Kenyans”.
                                                                            Source: Standard Media - Kenya.
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Mt. Elgon-Chebyuk IDP’s to be resettled before Kenyan polls.
By DANIEL PSIRMOI.

Over 200 internally displaced persons (IDP’s) in Chepyuk, Mt. Elgon Constituency will be resettled before March 4th General Elections in the farms bought for them in Trans-Nzoia County, Cheptais District
Commissioner Omar Salat has said.

The Ministry of Special Programs has bought land in Saboti Constituency, Trans-Nzoia County for the 235 integrated IDP’S, who missed out to be allocated plots in the controversial Chepyuk Phase III. Initially
1732 people had been vetted by a land taskforce team led by Solomon Ouko but all of them could not be resettled in the scheme.

Addressing the IDP’s in Kopsiro Divisional headquarters on Wednesday, Salat said he will lead a district security team from Cheptais next week to Trans-Nzoia West District on a pre-visit, adding that his team wants to ensure their security is guaranteed before their relocation.

Salat reassured the residents that surveyors have already been contacted and the plots will be sub-divided
for them and that they will be in their farms before the polls. The administrator thanked the residents for being patient noting that their resettlement has taken slightly over a year after those who remained in Chepyuk were resettled.

On Jamhuri Day, the IDP’s accused the government and the provincial administration of taking them round in circles and they threatened to walk to their farms in protest.  They said the standard excuse they were getting from the administrators’ that they were still waiting for government that will cater for their transport and logistics was inadequate and seemingly appeared to be a delaying tactic.

Joseph Ngeywa their spokesman briefed The Standard about their woes claiming that most of them who were being hosted by their relatives have been chased away. He said that they hope the government, through the provincial administration will keep their promise.

“Our hosts have kicked some of us out, because they do not understand why we are not going to our farms
yet we already hold ballots. All we have been getting are promises of being resettled for the last one year, but none has come to pass, we hope that we will be in our promised land before the general elections, he said.

Source: Daniel Psirmoi, Standard Media-Mt. Elgon, Kenya.