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70 year-old woman hacked in Embakasi land ownership row

A 70 year-old woman was attacked by machete wielding gang in Embakasi in a longstanding land ownership row.

Josephine Gakami was on Thursday attacked by a gang and left with deep wound inflicted using pangas and jembes.

She was the face of the troubled land owners and during previous protests claimed that she was allocated pieces of land by Embakasi Ranching Company that have since been reallocated to other people.


Embakasi Ranching Company consisted of 22,000 acres and was the largest land-buying company in Nairobi.

Its Ruai-Embakasi acreage is in the final stage of titling after the notice for verification expired early September.

The Ministry of Lands on August 28 issued a public notice for the verification of ownership of the vast land belonging to the Embakasi Ranching Company.

The notice by Cabinet Secretary Farida Karoney stated that the ministry was finalizing shareholder verification so as to issue title deeds.


Shareholders have in the past protested that ranch leadership was double-allocating pieces and robbing them of the land they previously owned.

Gakami’s whereabouts are now unknown just a months after verification process ended nearing the final journey to title deeds ownership.