August 23, 2011
The Commissioner of Police,
By hand delivery
Re: Notification of Peaceful Public Protests to Stop the Arrogant and Fraudulent Grabbing of Nasewa Farm
Beginning September 2, 2011, and in exercise of our rights under Article 37 of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010, the people of Busia County will commence peaceful and nonviolent public protest activities to muster political and economic pressure to force Mumias Sugar Company to stop its fraudulent and illegal activities in the county.
The protest activities will target the Kisoko Weighbridge, all roads that transport sugarcane in the county, and the following urban centres: Busia Town, Malaba Town, and Nambale Town. The protests will continue until the management of Mumias Sugar Company unconditionally hands the 843 acre Nasewa Farm back to the public (the Government of Kenya).
The Government of Kenya compulsorily acquired the land from locals in the mid 1990s promising to use it to establish the yet to be setup Busia Sugar Factory. The Government is yet to compensate the people who were displaced in full. Of the agreed Kshs 100,000 per acre contract sum, the Government only paid a down payment of Kshs 34,000 per acre in 1996.
In total and contemptuous disregard of the laws governing the management and disposal of public assets, the arrogant management of Mumias Sugar Company fraudulently sold Nasewa Farm, to Kaplony Limited, registered at 11:17AM on March 14, 2011, and whose two directors are: Mr. Harminder Singh Saini and Mr. Sakhwinder Singh Chatthe, both of P. O. Box 3115-40100, Kisumu. The registered office of the company is situated on LR No.209/7155, Eight Floor, Standard Street, Nairobi, P. O. 40034-00100, Nairobi.
At a public rally held at Nasewa Farm on Thursday, August 18, 2011, the people of Busia County issued a public notification that if by September 1, 2011, Mumias Sugar Company will not have unconditionally revoked the fraudulent sale of the land, and unconditionally and publicly handed the land’s Title Deed back to the Kenyan Public, Kenyans for Justice and Development (KEJUDE) Trust and Western Development Initiative Association (WEDIA) will, together with conscientious Kenyan citizens in Busia County and elsewhere commence the said peaceful and nonviolent public protest activities to force things.
As part of the mobilisation for the exercise, our loudspeaker mounted vehicles will crisscross the entire Busia County daily, for a week, beginning August 25, 2011, calling on the residents of Busia to come out en mass to peacefully and non-violently fight for their birthright.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support.
Okiya Omtatah Okoiti â€“ 0722-684-777
Joseph Barasa â€“ 0722-126-860
PPO – Western
Managing Director, Mumias Sugar Company