Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula has warned the jubilee government over attempts to resettle outsiders in Trans Nzoia County.
The CORD leader insisted that Trans Nzoia has its fair share of the landless and squatters and resettling ‘outsider from Uganda’ before the indigenes will lead to inter-ethnic conflicts.
Locals claim the government is attempting to resettle members of the kikuyu community who flew to Uganda during the 2007 post-election violence in the guise of resettling the Sabaot IDPs displaced by the colonial government decades ago.
“They want to bring Kikuyus here. Can’t happen, won’t happen,” a source in Trans Nzoia told Kenya Today.
Wetangula objected to allocating land to the Uganda exilees, demanding that the government must first resettle thousands of squatters living in the county.
â€œWe cannot allow such land allocations. The Government should tackle the numerous land problems and consider the plight of the squatters and landless residents in the county,â€ he said.
Wetangula also revealed he has written to the national land commission warning them of such a move.
â€œI have written to NLC and cautioned against the push to resettle people from the neighbouring country. Let the Government address the problem of squatters because we are not happy with the living condition of the people,â€ said Wetanguâ€™la.
Kiminini MP Dr Chris Wamalwa and his Kwanza counterpart Ferdinand Wanyonyi also warned against the resettlement of â€˜outsidersâ€™ in the county.