Nov 28, 2011

Maasai: Demolition Hearings Delayed By No-show Provincial Commissioner

Because of the absence of Njoroge Ndirangu, the hearings, which deal with the demolition of Maasai settlements on contested areas, have been postponed.

Below is an article published by the Standard.:


The joint parliamentary committee investigating recent spate of demolitions failed to have its sittings on Friday [25 November 2011], as Nairobi Provincial Commissioner Njoroge Ndirangu was not available.

The committee, sitting at County Hall in Nairobi, was scheduled to question Ndirangu, the Nairobi Provincial Police Officer and his deputy and the Embakasi OCPD on the part they played during the demolitions.

The demolitions at Syokimau, Kyang’ombe, Maasai Village, KPA, Mitumba village and Eastleigh have been marked by presence of heavily armed security officers who ensured the victims and the public did not disrupt the exercise.

The committee, chaired by Gachoka MP Mutava Musyimi said that Internal Security Permanent Secretary Francis Kimemia had written to the committee indicating that Ndirangu was out of Nairobi and thus could not avail himself for questioning.

"We have confirmed that the meeting will be re-scheduled to Monday [28 November 2011]," Musyimi said.

Musyimi said the committee plans to visit the demolition sites at Eastleigh and Mitumba village and have a session with representatives of the victims on Thursday December 1.

It will also have a session with the International Commission of Jurists and the Law Society of Kenya especially on matters touching on title deeds and land allocation.

Musyimi said the LSK was concerned with matters at the Lands office, especially after the session the committee had with the Commissioner of Lands Zablon Mabeya on Thursday November 24.

The committee will also have a session with the Defence Permanent Secretary on matters of defence, especially on the demolitions in Eastleigh near the Moi Airbase.

The Defence PS is expected to produce the map of the Eastleigh Airbase, which is in the custody of the Defence Ministry to ascertain the boundaries of the base vis-à-vis the land occupied by victims of the demolitions.