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MPs warn Kimaiyo against evictions

By Willis Oketch | March 11th 2014

By Willis Oketch

Mombasa, Kenya: Three Mombasa MPs have warned Inspector General David Kimaiyo not to step onto the controversial 87 acre Kwa Burlo plot in Nyali to supervise the eviction of 10,000 squatters.

Nyali MP Awiti Bolo warned of stiff resistance at Kwa Burlo if Kimaiyo  sends his officers to help Kencent Holding company evict the squatters.

“As Mombasa MPs we have agreed that nobody will move out of this land whether there is a court order or not. The court should have visited the land before making such a decision,” said Awiti.

Last week, Justice Samuel Mukunya issued fresh orders to Kimaiyo and Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa to effect a court order to evict the squatters. Kencent’s lawyer Steve Omondi applied for fresh orders after previous ones were ignored or overtaken by the changes of the new Constitution.

Addressing squatters at Kwa Burlo Monday, the MPs also warned Kencent directors not to set foot on the land unless they were ready for trouble.

“I am warning Kimaiyo and owners of the land not to step on this land with an intention to evict the squatters from it. Where will they go? These people have families and have the right to peaceful living unless somebody wants to shed blood,” said Awiti.

He challenged President Uhuru Kenyatta to honour his promise to have the Government buy the land in question.

More title deeds

Jomvu MP Badi Twalib also asked Uhuru to fulfill his promise to issue more squatters with title deeds.

“I appeal to President Kenyatta to fulfill his promise to issue more title deeds to squatters in the area apart from the 60,000 which were issued last year,” said Twalib who represented Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho.

Mombasa County Woman Representative Mishi Mboko termed the move to evict the squatters as an injustice.

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