News 2008


Knut wants Mt Elgon land row resolved

Daily Nation


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.

Dropped out

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.