Taita Taveta Governor Granton Samboja has allocated 100 acres of land in the controversial and mineral rich Kishushe area in Wundanyi to Deputy President William Ruto.
The details surrounding the allocation to the DP are sketchy but sources from the ground informed Kenya Live News that the DP’s parcel has already been fenced off with power and water already connected to the expansive farm.
According to witnesses in the area, already the County Governmet has connected water to the farm with a two inch pipe which supplies the horticultural piece of land with water from Kishenyi dam.
In contrast, local residents are served with only a half inch water pipe from the same dam.
Samboja, a former radio journalist, was elected on a Wiper Party ticket but has been gravitating towards Jubilee hosting both Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto in Taita Taveta County.
Kishushe area is community land that the County government holds in trust for the people of Taita Taveta who have been waiting for decades to be issued with Title Deeds.
Ruto now joins other prominent families that own large scale land in Taita Taveta. Kenyatta’s family, for instance, owns 24,000 acres in the county adjacent to the 74, 000 acres owned by former MP Basil Criticos, while another 50,000 is owned by Mrs Beth Mugo, nominated Senator and niece of Kenyatta.
With thousands of squatters living the county, land and the associated historical injustices around land ownership, access and use remain the most politically volatile issues and the root of the major conflicts in Taita Taveta County which is naturally endowed with one of the richest minerals deposits in Eastern Africa.