Knut wants Mt Elgon land row
Story by BERNARD KWALIA and LUKE KAPCHANGA
4. March 2008
Teachers want the Government to resolve the land dispute at the
controversial Chebyuk Settlement Scheme in clash-torn Mt Elgon
District which has affected learning in the area.
The national chairman of Kenya National Union of Teacher (Knut),
Mr George Wesonga, accused the Government of taking too long to
resolve the land conflict that has also dealt a major blow to
economic growth in the area.
He was speaking at Kibuk Primary School in Mt Elgon yesterday
during the burial of Ms Emily Chepchumba who was a daughter of
area Knut secretary Willy Masai.
Mr Wesonga said more than 8,000 learners had dropped out of school
due to insecurity in the district heightened by the land dispute.
He appealed to President Kibaki and ODM leader Raila Odinga to
visit Mt Elgon to spearhead reconciliation between the rivalry Soy
and Ndorobo clans to end insecurity in the district.
The Knut official said the dispute at the 5,000-acre farm in Phase
III had claimed more than 800 lives and had affected re-opening of
18 primary and three secondary schools in Kopsiro division.
Mr Wesonga said learners may not attend school this year while
farmers may not plant crops unless the dispute is resolved.