BY SAM ALFAN.
Trespassers have illegally occupied Sh2.4billion land in the prime Lavington suburb of Nairobi that has been at the centre of a 10-year ownership dispute that was resolved in favour of Nairobi House Ltd.
The seven-acre property, nestled next to Muthangari police station, had previously been claimed by two firms, Jewel Investments Ltd and Trenton (K) Ltd, associated with Kiambu Governor William Kabogo and businesswoman Lennah Koinange but the six disputes were concluded by the High Court.
The intruders are currently carrying out construction works with heavy machinery at the site along James Gichuru Road towards Waiyaki Way. Huge trucks and containers are placed on a portion of the land astride Karbasiran Drive.
Interestingly, Nairobi House Ltd secured Sh850 loan from Diamond Trust Bank and offered the property as security.
Lawyer Philip Nyachoti on today lodged a formal complaint with the Muthangari police station boss and protested the illegal take-over and malicious damage to the property. He claimed the police appear to have abetted the fraudulent activities of the trespassers.
Nyachoti demanded the arrest of the workers who have been engaged by unknown people and confiscation of the equipment that is being used on the site to dig trenches and ferry away sand.
He petitioned President Uhuru Kenyatta, Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, the Lands ministry, Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko, the Director-General of Police Joseph Boinett, Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro and the Chief Executive Office of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Halakhe Waqo to intervene and safeguard the property.
Nyachoti recalled that the CID had investigated all ownership documents held by Nairobi House Ltd and found them to be genuine. Other titles held by third parties were found to be forgeries and a recommendation was made for the prosecution of Lennah Koinange.
High Court Judge Roselyne Wendoh had dismissed the businesswoman’s constitutional application seeking to block the forgery charges on February 23, 2007. “The Director of Public Prosecutions has not taken any steps towards the prosecution of Lennah despite numerous requests and reminders,” Nyachoti said in the letter.
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