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Naivasha MP John Kihagi Whipped by Demonstrators over Land Grabbing Claims

Naivasha MP John Kihagi

Naivasha MP John Kihagi

The woes bedevilling Naivasha MP John Kihagi went a notch higher after he was whipped by an elderly farmer during a demonstration against land matters in Naivasha.

During the incident in Kayole estate along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway, the first time legislator openly clashed with members of the public forcing his bodyguard to intervene after an elderly man who was part of the demonstrators hit the MP.

Emotions ran high as the MP and Lakeview MCA Simon Wanyoike went for each other before members of the public moved in to separate them.

However, the MP and his entourage was later forced to flee from the scene amid a hail of stones and screams from the irate demonstrators.

Trouble started after the farmers gathered to protest over the MP’s failure to return over 500 allotment letters handed to him last year to address the issue of title deeds.

According to Wanyoike, the MP on being elected promised to address the issue of title deeds in various estates and directed all those with complains to hand over their allotment letters.

“The MP has the original allotment letters and he has refused to hand them back or fully address the issue of title deeds in Naivasha,” he said.

Wanyoike said that they were ready to seek the help from the President and that of the CS for land Charity Ngilu as many of the victims were suffering.

The leader of the majority in Nakuru County assembly Samuel Waithuki who joined the demonstrators said that he would write to the national assembly over the MP’s behaviour.

He said that Naivasha residents no longer had confidence with their MP.

“The MP is incidentally in parliament committee on land which is meant to assist the electorate but he is instead oppressing them,” he said.

One of those affected Steven Mungai said that their efforts to get back their land documents from the MP had failed meaning they could not develop or sell the land.

“We gave the MP the documents in good faith but efforts to either get them back or title deeds have been fruitless leading to this demo,” he said.

Kihagi on his part said that there were better ways of handling the issue than holding demonstration.

“This issue has turned to be political and those who are keen to know what is going on should abandon the demonstration and talk to me,” he said amid boos.

Last week the MP was summoned by CID over a grabbed corridor leading to Lake Naivasha and a day later members of the Naivasha peace committee accused him of incitement.

standardmedia.co.ke

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