The closure of Muserechi-Orinie-Kapsetek road that led to angry locals blocking Nakuru-Eldama Ravine Road and burn tyres has taken a new twist after the man who closed the road produced a court order confirming there is no road which locals claim have been using since 1956.
Jackson Lagat said that the court served him with a court order in the year 2010 and that he is the rightful owner of the piece of land which the locals have been using.
“I do not know why these people are protesting because I have decided to fence my land. I fenced it some years ago and I was arrested but I proved in court that it is my land and the court released and served me with a court order.” He said.
Anti-riot police were forced to rush and unblock the highway by rolling away the stones that were used to barricade the road by irate residents and put off the fire that was lit on the road as the locals watched.
Speaking at the scene, angry locals led by Eric Kiprotich said that it was unfair for the owner to close the road as both DCCs Denis Kieti and Omar Ali, for Rongai and Eldama Ravine Sub Counties respectively led security crisis meeting over the issue.
Other land owners vowed to join Lagat if not compensated by the government.
The DCCs present and Soin and Koibatek Members of County Assembly Irene Jebichii and Musa Cheruiyot respectively managed to convince Lagat to open the road and give them two months to sort out the issue.
Koibatek DCC Omar Ali cautioned locals against defying court order and called on locals not to take laws on their own hands until the matter is sorted.
“He has presented a court order and we should respect the court; we have managed to convince him to give us two Months to look into the matter.” He said.
DCC Omar said he has directed surveyors to immediately start work but added he won’t defy court order.
Lagat said that he is going to close the road again in January if the government does not act swiftly in compensating him.
“I have talked with them and agreed to open the road, I am giving them two months to compensate me if not I will close the road again. The locals can use the other road it is not a must that they should go through my land.” He said.