A survey conducted by the 'Daily News' in Rombo District last week has revealed that 25 of the beacons have been removed by some people who believe that they contained valuable minerals.Some farmers just destroyed the signs while working on their farming plots and encroached the borderline.
Land developers have built houses whose rooms stand on either side of the border.Rombo District Commissioner Mr Peter Toima Toima warned that people might lose property when the two countries conduct a land demarcation exercise.
"You might lose your crops, farms and houses," he told Rombo residents recently, and warned them of a possible man-made disaster saying when the original border lines are drawn afresh, premises and properties belonging to Tanzanians but standing on the Kenyan side of the border would be confiscated.
DC Toima held special meetings with local ward representatives during their full-council sessions and told them that anyone deliberately encroaching the border line was committing a serious offence.
"We must abide by the border signs. No human being lives in two countries at the same time," he warned. The law stipulates that the distance of 20 metres on the Kenyan side and 10 metres on the Tanzanian side is a 'buffer zone' and no human activity is permitted.