Mombasa County did not order for the demolition of a multi-million property owned by tycoon Ashok Doshi, a court was told.
Chief Officer for Lands, Physical Planning and Housing Jaffar Mosheh, said the county could not issue the directive because there was an existing court order stopping any demolition.
Governor Hassan Joho (pictured) has been sued by Mr Doshi for revoking the title to his two-acre prime land in Changamwe and wants him jailed for six months for contravening court orders.
“The governor should be cited for contempt and jailed for going against the court orders not to interfere with my property pending determination of the suit,” said Doshi's lawyer Willis Oluga.
Mosheh denied any involvement in multi-million property demolition implicating Joho.
He denied instructing Joho, Changamwe MCA Bernard Ochieng' Ogutu or any of his county officials to demolish a perimeter wall on Doshi’s prime land.
Mosheh told Justice Ann Omollo he had complied with the court’s order dated March 6, 2019 barring the county government from trespassing on the said property.
“I was shocked by the allegations and informed my advocate that I had not disobeyed the court order nor instructed any of my officers to visit, invade or trespass on the suit property in any way,” said Mosheh.
Mosheh said he did not appear anywhere in the video clip that showed the governor at the suit premises holding a rally prior to the demolition of the property.
He said those who participated in the demolition were members of the public and not county government employees, its agents or officers.
He further stated that he did not advise the governor on when to convene public rallies.
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