Joho on the spot for pulling down KBC wall

While broad­caster says it had paid the county, gov­er­nor says rates were ow­ing

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast - ERNEST COR­NEL @TheS­tarKenya

Mom­basa Gov­er­nor Has­san Joho will be ar­rested for or­der­ing the de­mo­li­tion on Fri­day of a wall put up by KBC on a 22-acre plot said to be­long to VoK.

Coast re­gional co­or­di­na­tor Nel­son Marwa said de­mol­ish­ing the wall amounted to break­ing the law. There was a court or­der al­low­ing the state broad­caster to build the wall, he said.

Marwa said any­one who breaks the law must be ar­rested, ir­re­spec­tive of their sta­tus. Joho is no ex­cep­tion, the co­or­di­na­tor said.

Marwa did not say when the gov­er­nor will be ar­rested.

“If he breaks the law and gets ar­rested, is there a prob­lem?” he said at a brief­ing in his of­fice yes­ter­day.

Marwa said the county govern­ment paid goons to de­stroy govern­ment prop­erty, caus­ing enor­mous losses.

The land has been un­der dis­pute for years, with KBC claim­ing own­er­ship.

Marwa urged Joho to re­turn part of the al­legedly grabbed Kon­gowea Mar­ket be­fore he en­croaches on the land at VoK. On Fri­day, Joho wit­nessed the de­mo­li­tion. He said he will not al­low KBC to put up the wall un­til it gets ap­proval from the govern­ment.

How­ever, a re­ceipt from KBC shows the county was paid Sh521,100 on Au­gust 26, 2014, for ap­proval of the wall.

But Joho said there are some out­stand­ing rates which KBC ought to have paid first.

He said part of the land had been sold to the for­mer mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil and there is a pend­ing court case.

The gov­er­nor said KBC ought to have waited for the case to be de­ter­mined be­fore tak­ing any step.

He de­nied there is a court or­der al­low­ing KBC to build the wall.

An or­der is­sued by judge A Omollo on April 27 states that KBC was given the go-ahead to build the wall.

“The prayer of the plain­tiff to com­plete fenc­ing off the prop­erty to fend off any fur­ther en­croach­ment be and is hereby per­mit­ted purely to pre­serve the suit prop­erty,” the or­der read in part.

Marwa said of all the gov­er­nors, Joho is the only one who de­mol­ishes pub­lic prop­erty.

“This mad­ness must stop,” he said.


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