Cabinet Secretary for Trade and investment Moses Kuria has hit back at Machakos Governor Wavinya Ndeti over the controversial land owned by East African Portland Cement Company.
The war of words between the two emerged after Kuria said they will evict those squatting at the land.
The comments attracted criticism from Ukambani leaders who on Thursday, November 10, condemned the CS.
Wavinya while speaking at a function said they will not allow that to happen as the land belongs to the Kamba community.
But in a rejoinder, Kuria has dismissed the criticism saying squatters must be removed from the land.
Speaking on Thursday during the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce AGM in Thursday Kuria said:
"When some counties are giving me land to do common user facilities, others are saying that they want to do encourage squatting on public land and that difference will start to show.
He added: "I am not in a mood to fight, I have fought enough in my life, but when counties which have taken the wrong turn in the manufacturing and export agenda start to lag behind others, do not blame it on witchcraft."
The land in question was first donated by the community to the company for mining exercise.
The problem started when the company started selling the land yet the community felt that the land should left to them for free.