Embu leaders have warned Kirinyaga Governor Ann Waiguru claiming that her county owned the 44,000-acre Mwea settlement scheme, saying the move could incite residents to violence.
Led by Senator Njeru Ndwiga, the leaders said her remarks that she was opposed to the recent demarcation and allocation of the land could aggravate the already fluid and emotive situation, which has left a retired district commissioner and three others hacked.
Mr Ndwiga dismissed Ms Waiguru as being ignorant of the facts behind the land and advised her to research before making public utterances.
He said the settlement scheme had been allocated to Embu county while Ngariama settlement scheme reverted to Kirinyaga when Kirinyaga was hived off from Embu County.
“We have heard very unfortunate statements coming from Governor of Kirinyaga. Let her dig into history and she will understand which scheme between Mwea settlement scheme and Ngariama belongs to who. Mwea scheme is therefore rightfully, politically and historically within Embu while Ngariama is theirs. When they sub-divided the Ngariama ranch, we didn’t lay claim to it yet we had a right to,” said Mr Ndwiga.
His remarks were supported by Embu Minority Leader, Lenny Masters Mwaniki and Ruguru Ngandori MCA, Sammy Mwombo Muturi, who said Ms Waiguru’s comments could cause bad blood between Embu and Kirinyaga counties.
There has been tensions in the scheme, after former District Commissioner Ireri Ndon’gon’gi and three elders were seriously injured when squatters at the scheme resisted attempts by perceived beneficiaries to secure their plots.