East African Portland Cement (EAPCC) began a process of selling plots of land to squatters who lived on its Athi River property. The cement company offered the squatters to pay KES 100,000 (USD 832.6) for a beacon certificate and another KES 500,000 within a year to purchase a 40ft by 80ft (12 x 24m) plot .
The cash-strapped company has begun the process of selling and regularizing the land of three plots measuring 709 acres (287 ha). EAPCC’s land sale process and pricing are subject to review in further negotiations. Last week’s meeting with the squatters brought together hundreds of settlers, political leaders, EAPCC officials and lawyers as well as Geoner Systems Ltd, which acts as the land sales agent.
The squatters have occupied the land since 2010. The EAPCC has since recognized the three squatter umbrella groups – Syokimau Mavoko Community Association, Ngwatanio ya Mukamba Self-Help Group and Kathama Welfare Association.
“Portland and the squatters have buried the hatchet and years of bickering. We assure the squatters that no one will be evicted. ‘EAPCC.
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