FRIENDS FOR KEEPS
Can you think of a friend who can keep a promise for 37 years? That is a friend for keeps right?
This is a story of 2 friends. Mr. Thomas Kamuyu and retired senior chief Karanja from Kabiria, waithaka ward in Dagoretti South constituency.
In the year 1982, Mr. Kamuyu owned a piece of land that he wanted to donate for public use, and being an old man, he entrusted his longtime friend senior chief Karanja by handing over the land’s original title to him. The retired chief then promised to protect the land after which he was to hand over the land for public use.
The community built an assistant chief’s office on the land. This being prime land, land grabbers targeted the land and offered Mr. Karanja money in exchange for the land’s title deed. He vehemently declined these offers. This led to threats from these individuals and later on to the vandalism of the office.
Fast forward to the year 2017 when the community through NG-CDF Dagorretti South proposed for the construction of a new Chief’s office on the land.NG-CDF constructed an ultra-modern office which currently houses the Area Chief and two Assistant Chiefs.
The handing over event was graced by Area Member of Parliament Hon. John Kiarie, NG-CDF Board member Dr. Isabel Nyambura Waiyaki, NG-CDF Secretariat staff, Area MCA, Dagoretti Sub County Deputy County Commissioner, Dagoretti South Area Community Leaders, and the Kabiria Community.
Finally, Mr. Karanja honored the promise he made to his late friend Mr. Kamunyu :-protecting the land and ensuring its put for public use. He handed over the land’s original title deed to the government.
Public participation is a constitutional requirement specifically; Article 1 that states that sovereign power belongs to the people.
Tree planting exercise during the ceremony: Area Mp, Hon Kiarie together with NGCDFB director, Dr.Isabel
The official opening and handing over of the project graced by Hon. John ‘KJ’ Kiarie, area member of parliament
Officials in the office
Government Officials during the handing over ceremony
Kabiria Chiefs Office fully funded by NG-CDF Dagoretti south
Interior view of the office block
Assistant Chief’s office which was vandalized
Rtd.Snr.Chief Karanja displaying the original copy of the title, which he later handed over to the government
The original title of the land
NG-CDF Dagoretti South Committee members