Can I Prevent Access to the River through my Shamba?
My family has operated a banana plantation and pawpaw farm in Machakos county for the last 15 years. Our 20 acre farm borders one of the Athi River tributaries on one side. For many years, the community has passed through part of our land on one of the edges to access the river for water for their animals.
However recently I noticed that they were no longer fetching using jerry cans but water bowsers pulled by a small truck or motorcycles. They also have destroyed part of my fence to fit the motor-vehicles. I have asked them to stop but they claim that the river belongs to the government and they have a letter from the Ministry allowing them to fetch the water.
I am tired of this. The soil erosion they are causing as well as damage to my land. I can’t allow this to continue anymore, how can I stop them?
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