Fear grips residents of Milimani West Estate after Kenya Prisons Service lay claim on 70 acre land

Over 500 families from the posh Nakuru's Milimani West Estate are living in fear after the Kenya Prisons Service (KPS) laid claim on land they have called home for at least ten years. KPS officers descended on the estate on Monday morning where they drew huge red X marks on private homes, rental high rise buildings and businesses sending panic among the residents. Some of the residents however maintained that they owned the land and repainted their buildings to erase the marks. The residents led by Colonel (Rtd) John Njuguna said the officers claimed that the 70 acre estate lies on KPS land which has now initiated the process of recovering its property. He added that the officers warned them that they should start moving their property as the demolitions would be done any day without further notice. The area is among the latest upmarket estates in Nakuru’s suburbs mostly owned by retired civil servants who have heavily invested their lifetime savings but are now facing imminent loss. At one end of the estate are over ten newly constructed four-bedroom units retailing at Sh15 million each, an upcoming go-down for a local construction company and tens of high-rise residential flats. Njuguna explained that the retirees are the most affected and some of them have been taken ill in different hospitals from the shock. According to documents seen by The Standard, the land has changed hands at least four times since independence when former president the late Jomo Kenyatta allocated it to individuals.