Langata land grabber named in new scandal

A lobby group is set to hold a peaceful demonstration in Nairobi over the rising cases of land grabbing.

The Kenyans for Justice and Development Trust (Kejude) said it will organise a march from Freedom Corner in Uhuru Park to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto’s offices at Harambee House.

The purpose of the march is to demonstrate the failure by the government to unmask and hold accountable the notorious individuals behind the grabbing of public land.

The lobby group added that it will reveal the name of a known land grabber during the march whose date has not yet been set.

They also gave a list of 14 parcels of land which were allegedly grabbed by the same person.

1.  He grabbed the playground at Lang’ata Road Primary School (and attempted to fence it in 2001 but was stopped by the Narc government.)

2.  He erected Airport View Estate on Mbagathi Road on land grabbed from Kenya Prisons.

3.  Ring Road/ Rhapta Road leafway – he grabbed land meant for a public road next to Hunger House and is currently embroiled in a case with a Somali businessman over the same land.

4.  He erected the old Safaricom House on Waiyaki Way on land meant for the construction of Westlands Sub Fire station.

5.  He erected the new Safaricom House on Waiyaki Way on land grabbed from the Provincial Administration Police.

6.  Grabbed land belonging to KARI Waiyaki Way – the former Veterinary Land next to Kenya Sugar Board Building.

7.  He established Aquila Flower Farm in Naivasha on 300 acres of land grabbed from ADC.

8.  He grabbed Oltukai Lodge in Amboseli National Park.

9.  He grabbed 7 acres of land in Upper Hill Nairobi that had been set aside for the East African Community.

10.He grabbed Railways Senior Staff Houses along Ngong Road, opposite China Center.

11.He grabbed public land on which he erected Eka hotel on Mombasa Road.

12.He grabbed the parking space between Kenindia House and Utalii House and sold it to Mt Kenya University.

13.He grabbed the wetlands opposite St Mary’s gate on Muthangari Road, Westlands, and developed houses on them.

14.He was the grabber of the six plots in Karura Forest which he surrendered following an onslaught by the late Nobel Laureate Prof Wangae Maathai.

St. Catherine’s school parents match over grabbed playground

About 200 parents from St Catherine Primary School in South B, Nairobi have marched to Ardhi House to protest against the grabbing of the school’s playground.

The parents walked the 5kms to Lands CS Charity Ngilu’s office on Wednesday, carrying placards with anti-land grabbing messages.

School representatives have been allowed to meet Ngilu.

The parents accused Nemka Commercial Agency, a private development company, of the land grabbing.

The company sued the school’s management for constructing swings on the property which it says it owns.

School sponsors led by Catholic nun Mary Killeen however said City Hall allocated the school seven acres of the land.

“City Hall gave us approvals to put up swings and level the playground since the land had been transferred to the school. But the grabbers want to take away the playground. I am a poor nun. I am in Kenya to help the poor and I have no other interests,” Killeen said.

Killeen said after the allocation and issuance of an allotment letter, a man identified as Simon Limo claimed to own four acres of the land.

Limo later sold the property to NSSF, which sold it to Nemka’s Nelson Mwangi Kamau and David Mburu Gibson, she said.

The playground was being used by the adjacent Mariakani Primary School.

The stand-off between the school and Nemka comes about a week after another by Lang’ata Road Primary School.

Parents, pupils and rights activists demonstrated against the grabbing of the school’s two-acre playground by a private developer.

Following the chaotic demo, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Lands ministry to issue schools with title deeds to prevent land grabbing.

 

Charity Ngilu names the owners of the disputed playground

Lands CS  Charity Ngilu has named the owners of the disputed land in Langata Road Primary school through her twitter account.

This is after activists and students protested on Tuesday and took down a perimeter fence that had been erected on the grabbed land.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed the Ministry of Lands and the Nairobi County Government to issue title deeds to all schools in the name of school committees and boards of governors.

He asked leaders, including Members of County Assembly (MCA), to report to the authorities land stolen in their areas.

“If you are an MCA and you know there is public land that has been grabbed, inform us so that appropriate action can be taken to ensure justice has been done,” he said.

President Kenyatta spoke today when he launched   the construction of the Nairobi Eastern Missing Link roads at Nairobi’s Muratina Road/Gen. Waruinge Junction.

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Traffic snarl up on Langata road as NYS demolish wall

Tens of National Youth Service personnel have landed at the Langata Road Primary school ground on Wednesday morning ready to level it and build a fence around it.

This follows an order from president Uhuru Kenyatta that the the field be leveled for the children to play.

The personnel arrived with tractors and started the work with a crowd watching from a distance.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery visited the school and offered a personal apology to the pupils who were tear-gassed by police during a demonstration to reclaim their playground from a developer.

He also declared that the land belongs to the school and gave the developer 24 hours to clear the construction material from the site. The land had been grabbed by a developer in the area which prompted protests by activists and the pupils.

Lands CS Charity Ngilu ordered the demolition of the old perimeter wall on Tuesday, and the construction of another demarcating the school.

The demonstrators destroyed part of it during the protest on Monday.

Motorists using Lang’ata road and Upperhill were forced to use alternative routes due to a traffic jam that built up since 5 a.m.

Nairobi traffic boss Edward Mwamburi said the activities at Lang’ata Road primary had attracted a crowd causing the jam .

 

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