Jan 09, 2012

Maasai: Villages Re-demolished In Nairobi

The destruction of structures on land claimed by the Kenya Airports Authority was met with protests from locals and politicians

This article has been published by the Standard:

Bulldozers went back to Mitumba and Maasai villages in Nairobi and re-demolished structures that had been built before the area was fenced under armed police watch.

The bulldozers had on Saturday faced resistance from the locals, which resulted to running battles.

But police intervened which saw the residents defeated and the tractors went ahead with the exercise.

On Sunday, officials from Kenya Airports Authority went back to the area and erected a fence around both pieces of land.

Nairobi Area police boss Anthony Kibuchi said they provided security to KAA, which wanted to fence their land, but had met resistance.

"We were providing security as requested. You remember these people were removed from the area before again going back and rebuilding the structures," said Kibuchi.

The eviction left several people in the cold.

And trouble looms over the planned demolition of houses on public and private land in Athi River after three ministers and a group of MPs held a rally in the area to block attempts to carry out the exercise.

The state plans the demolitions after police investigations on the fraudsters behind the illegal allocation are over.

The taskforce on the irregular appropriation of public land in Athi River established more than 20,000 acres of land in the area is currently under illegal occupation and must hence be reverted back to the genuine owners.

The team found out that the affected land include that Jumbo Airport, National Housing Corporation, National Social Security Fund, Numerical Machinery Complex, East African Portland Cement Company Ltd, Mavoko Stadium, Kenya Meat Commission, Margaret Wamaitha Humphrey’s, public land around Daystar University and Meat Training Institute.

A team to lead the demolition is being set up and will include officers from the RDU of Administration Police.

On Saturday, Water and Irrigation minister Charity Ngilu, assistant ministers Wavinya Ndeti and Ferdinand Waititu led a section of leaders in forming a movement to help champion land issues in the region.

MPs Kiema Kilonzo (Mutito), Mike Mbuvi ‘Sonko’ (Makadara), The Independent Party leader Kalembe Ndile and former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga joined the ministers at the Nairobi-Namanga road junction in declaring they will resist the demolition.

Police are already on the ground investigating the fraudsters and sources said they are set to appear in court anytime.

The taskforce was set up in July 2011 to look into allocation to private individuals or corporations of public land or land dedicated or reserved for public purposes.

This followed complaints by corporate organisations and individuals of land invasion.