After years of endless wrangles that led to several deaths, Mbo-I-Kamiti farmers’ company is scheduled to close its doors following the subdivision of the last parcels of land.
The giant land-buying company that boasts of more than 8,000 shareholders has in the past witnessed vicious confrontations that led to deaths of top officials, among them chairman and directors, in a chain of murders stretching back to 2000.
Since its inception, more than six directors and a chairman have been killed in cold blood. Other officials such as accountants and lawyers have also faced the same fate.
The company was founded in 1971 to settle farmhands who had worked on white settler farms and widows of Mau Mau freedom fighters, where each member contributed Sh500. At the centre of the wrangles has been the bid to control the vast assets of the giant land buying firm, spread throughout the country, by rival camps.
However, according to the company chairman Dr Thuo Mathenge, also a victim of attempted murder, the company will soon fold after completing the sub-division of the firm’s land to the shareholders.
Under his leadership, the company witnessed robust growth, which he says was pegged on transparency.
“I survived only by the grace of God, after I was sprayed with 17 bullets. They thought I had died but the Lord wanted me to finish the Mbo-I-Kamiti puzzle,” Mathenge told The Standard.
The 1,200 acres Twiga farm in Ruiru was the last piece of land to be allocated to the shareholders.
“Twiga is the last of the company land parcels that we are giving out to the shareholders, marking the end of the company known as Mob-I-Kamiti. We have already completed the subdivision of five farms in Kiambu. It also marks the end of fighting and killings,” he said.
Shareholders were very elated when each received their parcels.
“We have suffered for over three decades due to leadership wrangles, which saw our land being sold. I personally lost my brother, besides being kicked out by goons,” said Rose Njeri, a shareholder.
The more than 8,000 shareholders view the subdivision of the land as a miracle.