Kalonzo Explains How Widow Sold Him Disputed Yatta Farm
Wiper Party leader, Kalonzo Musyoka, on Friday, May 26, explained the circumstances under which he bought the controversial Yatta Farm in Machakos County.
Kalonzo stated that the dispute around his 2,000-acre farm in Yatta was baseless since he bought the land from its rightful owners.
While speaking during a prayer meeting at the Yatta Farm, Kalozo noted that it was important for Kenyans to be enlightened on how the piece of land was allocated, and the subsequent ownership transfers.
“The Yatta Farm is protected by God and not humans. Many people have said many things about this farm, and I need to give a historical perspective.
From left to right: Azimio coalition presidential leader Raila Odinga, his running mate Martha Karua and Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka exchange views in Nairobi on April 18, 2023.
“This portion of Yatta Farm that touches Thika Super Highway was bought by this family from a lady known as Janet Chirchir,” Kalonzo clarified.
After securing the northern part of the farm, Kalozo turned his attention to the southern portion, to which, he contacted the owner and struck an agreement.
“Janet Chirchir was a widow from Kericho who had been allocated around 100 acres. On the opposite side, I bought it from a gentleman known as Major Lang’at from Nakuru.
“What the family did was to set up a wall that runs around it. We would, therefore, like to be very open about this,” Kalonzo explained.
On August 28, 2021, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) cleared Kalonzo over the Yatta Farm transaction after hours of grilling at the Kiambu Road headquarters.
The Wiper Leader had presented himself after a section of politicians made public accusations that he had illegally acquired the piece of land.
They claimed that Kalonzo had irregularly acquired land that belonged to National Youth Service (NYS), and he needed to be investigated.
Kalonzo’s clarification seemed to have settled the matter that had been going on for more than a decade.
Kalonzo Musyoka (Centre) arrives at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on January 22, 2021.