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Businessman says Sh150m land taken over by encroachers

By Standard Reporter | December 28th 2020 at 00:00:00 GMT +0300

Workers at the contested piece of land in Umoja, Nairobi. [Courtesy]

A Nairobi-based businessman has accused police of protecting goons putting up structures on his land in Umoja, Nairobi.

Mr Peter Muhia contends police are illegally acting on fake documents to allow a businessman to construct a building on his Sh150 million piece of land.

He wants the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to intervene and stop the move, saying his officers at the Buruburu division are not helping him.

Muhia said he reported the encroachment on his land to the police on December 7 but no action had been taken.

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His lawyer Melba Katindi wrote to the DCI Nairobi Area Bernard Nyakwaka saying he was the legal owner of the land and those constructing there are encroachers.

“From the above mentioned date no investigations and or actions have been undertaken on the same to investigate and arrest the trespassers who have no justifiable legal claim over the parcel. Our client would like to urgently reclaim their property for personal use,” the letter read.

Mr Muhia asked the police boss to personally take charge of the matter and solve it arguing it is an indicator of many such incidents in the city.

Acting director of survey Polly Gatimu said there had been many queries on the said piece of land. She disowned documents provided by businessman putting up the structures saying they do not exist in their records.

“This is to bring to your attention that Nairobi block 166 and Nairobi block 107/1/1118-1134 RIM purportedly procured from Survey of Kenya do not exist in our records and are fictitious and fraudulent,” said Ms Gatimu in a letter to the Chief Land Registrar dated August 7, 2020.

The case of Mr Muhia highlights increasing number of security officials being involved in the encroachment of parcels of land in Kayole, Ruai, Kitengela, Mlolongo, Athi River and Umoja.

An investigation by police showed a number of officers are providing security to goons to invade private land for development. The IG is yet to act on the report.

Yesterday, Buruburu police boss Adamson Bungei said he was aware of the complaint and a team of detectives is investigating the matter.

He said he is not aware of claims some of his officers are providing security to those constructing at the said site.

“We are on the case to ensure justice for all. Let him be assured,” he said.

A Nairobi-based businessman has accused police of protecting goons putting up structures on his land in Umoja, Nairobi.

Mr Peter Muhia contends police are illegally acting on fake documents to allow a businessman to construct a building on his Sh150 million piece of land.

He wants the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to intervene and stop the move, saying his officers at the Buruburu division are not helping him.

Muhia said he reported the encroachment on his land to the police on December 7 but no action had been taken.

His lawyer Melba Katindi wrote to the DCI Nairobi Area Bernard Nyakwaka saying he was the legal owner of the land and those constructing there are encroachers.

“From the above mentioned date no investigations and or actions have been undertaken on the same to investigate and arrest the trespassers who have no justifiable legal claim over the parcel. Our client would like to urgently reclaim their property for personal use,” the letter read.

Mr Muhia asked the police boss to personally take charge of the matter and solve it arguing it is an indicator of many such incidents in the city.

Acting director of survey Polly Gatimu said there had been many queries on the said piece of land. She disowned documents provided by businessman putting up the structures saying they do not exist in their records.

“This is to bring to your attention that Nairobi block 166 and Nairobi block 107/1/1118-1134 RIM purportedly procured from Survey of Kenya do not exist in our records and are fictitious and fraudulent,” said Ms Gatimu in a letter to the Chief Land Registrar dated August 7, 2020.

The case of Mr Muhia highlights increasing number of security officials being involved in the encroachment of parcels of land in Kayole, Ruai, Kitengela, Mlolongo, Athi River and Umoja.

An investigation by police showed a number of officers are providing security to goons to invade private land for development. The IG is yet to act on the report.

Yesterday, Buruburu police boss Adamson Bungei said he was aware of the complaint and a team of detectives is investigating the matter.

He said he is not aware of claims some of his officers are providing security to those constructing at the said site.

“We are on the case to ensure justice for all. Let him be assured,” he said.


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