URGENT APPEAL FOR FUNDS TO MEET LEGAL FEES DEPOSIT, KSHS 500,000/- IN THE CASE OF TAITA TAVETA COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES VERSUS THE IEBC AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IN THE HIGH COURT OF KENYA AT MOMBASA – MISCELLANEOUS APPLICATION NO. 34 (JR) OF 2012

On behalf of the Taita Taveta Professional Forum, I wish to appeal to well-wishers from our County to make contribution towards the above case which amongst others started to be heard yesterday 28 May 2012.
The gist of the case is the restoration of some 156,166 acres of prime land on the Trans Africa highway and the Railway Line, which as per the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) proposals have been hived off our County.
Below is a summary and breakdown of the acreage and the areas affected:
1.      Mtito Andei  (52,509 acres)
2.      Mackinnon Road (99657 acres)
3.      Rombo in Taveta (4000 acres)
1.      Mtito Andei  (52,509 acres)
We seek restoration of Mtito Andei land measuring 52,509 acres and a population of 12,142 people.  This is a business hub with huge revenue.   This area is supposed to be Ngolia ward in Voi but as you see in the IEBC proposal it is missing.
What our neighbours have done is to abolish Kibwezi constituency and Mtito Andei Consituency completely so they don’t appear in the IEBC proposal.  Pg 4 and 8 of the Survey of Kenya topographical map, sheet 183/1 (enclosed) has not been changed   Mtito Andei still appears in Taita Taveta County .  Survey of Kenya will be advised to amend the map if we do not contest the change.  KWS is on our side.
2.     Mackinnon Road (99657 acres)
We seek restoration of Mackinnon Road Location from Kinango.  An area of 99657 acres with a population of 10,019 people (2009 Kenya population census).  The Government resolved the area be returned to the Taita Taveta County many years ago but it is hesitant because of unknown reasons. IEBC proposal page 2, see Taita Taveta County and Kwale County maps)
3.     Rombo in Taveta (4000 acres)
We seek to restore an area of 4000 acres where a ranch known as Lumi Lodu owned by the late Ole Tip Tip is located.
Note: all the area grabbed, totaling 156,166 acres is prime land located on the Trans Africa Highway and Railway line.
Attached, please find copies of: the IEBC delimitations of boundaries of constituencies and wards and a Map from Survey of Kenya showing the three affected areas.
The county in this case is being represented by MS Shariff & Co Advocates.  To date, a total of KShs 78,500/- has been paid from monies raised by our brothers and sisters in Taita Taveta County. I have attached a copy of the receipt for the initial deposit of KShs 58,500/-and an additional KShs 23,500/- was paid on 28 May. We are required to urgently make additional deposits to the Lawyers in order to facilitate them to represent us, hence our appeal.
For more information on the case, you may contact:
Mr Mwangombe, the Chairperson of Committee dealing with the Boundaries case, 0722 464 174 OR Mr Mwarabu, Chairman of the Taita Taveta County Council, 0735 459 705
We propose that all contributions be paid directly to the lawyers.  TTPF will ensure that the firm accounts for all the funds contributed. The details of their account will be availed in the course of the week.
We have information that all the boundary cases will be heard and determined by 5th July.  We owe it to ourselves, to our children and our children’s children to pursue this matter.  If only 500 of us raised KShs 1000/- each, we will meet the required target of KShs 500,000/= deposit required by the lawyers.
We look forward to your cooperation in this matter.  Please pass this message to your circle of friends to receive wider coverage.
Yours sincerely
 Faustin Mgendi, Chair, TTPF
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