200 residents die annually from land disputes — Kidero
He says landgrabbing involves powerful people, including well-connected cartels
About 200 people are killed every year in Nairobi due to land-related disputes, Governor Evans Kidero has said.
He admitted the numerous cases of landgrabbing are a challenge to his administration and are giving him sleepless nights.
Kidero said the problem involves powerful people, including well-connected cartels that comprise businesspeople and politicians.
“I spend 60 per cent of my time dealing with land-related issues. It is a big problem, especially because it involves cartels,” he said on Thursday.
Kidero cited 5,000 acres in Embakasi, which, he said, despite legally belonging to the county government, has been “taken forcibly” by the Kenya Defence Forces. LANDGRABBERS HIGH- LEVEL PEOPLE “The county bought this land from the Kayole Residents’ Association in 1971. In the 1990s, the army invaded it and took 3,000 acres. Last month, they took the remaining 2,000 acres and cut off a road that passes through it,” he said. “Nobody dares challenge them because they have guns and tanks. We tried the police and they said hapo hatuwezi [we can’t].”
Speaking during a Lands summit at State House on Monday last week, Kidero said landgrabbing involves individuals of “the highest level.”
Kidero also cited the Lang’ata Road Primary School playground, which, despite having been given back to the school and a fence erected, is still under a private developer’s name.
“My records show ownership has not changed. In my records, there is nothing to indicate that the Airport View title deed has been cancelled,” he said
Meanwhile, KDF officers in Embakasi Garrison on Friday kicked out 500 quarry workers from the controversial 5,000 acres.
The workers claimed they were beaten up by the soldiers who were ferried in by military vehicles.
This came just a day after the Nairobi county government obtained a court order stopping the military from interfering with the construction of the road that passes through the land and links the Mihang’o and Kayole estates.
The soldiers last month dug trenches across the road, cutting it off and barring residents from using it. This led to protests that saw Mihang’o MCA Paul Kados arrested for leading residents in demonstrations. The residents barricaded the Eastern Bypass on Friday, claiming the road was closed without notice.
National Lands Commission deputy chairperson Abigael Mukolwe explains the contents of a dummy title deed during the launch of the National Guidelines for Title Deeds Applications for Schools at Lang’ata Road Primary on June 14 last year