Lands Cabinet Secretary Alice Wahome revealed that the contested 2,500 acre land in Gikumari belongs to residents after some individuals made forgeries of documents in an attempt to grab a prime piece of land.

Speaking on the matter for the first time following an uproar by residents of Gikumari village and local leaders, the CS declared that the land commonly known as Ruiru East Block 4 belonged to the occupants and dismissed as untrue claims that the government was out to evict the dwellers in a bid to build a housing project.

“I am telling those who were behind the move to grab the 2,550-acre parcel of land to forget about it for the land belongs to the title deed holders. I saw a woman who was featured on news channels crying that they were told their titles are fake. Your ownership documents are genuine,” CS Wahome said.

“I want to believe our officers here were falling prey to some fraudsters. I ask the DCI Ruiru to swing into action and bring to book those involved. The security officers should also be withdrawn with immediate effect,” she added.

The land located in Gikumari area in Ruiru sub county straddles the Eastern Bypass and Juja Farm where locals say they have settled for over 40 years after acquiring it from a colonial settler.