Kay­ole-Mi­hango road opened af­ter court or­der

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Nairobi -

The Mi­hango-Kay­ole link road was re­opened on Wed­nes­day af­ter a month-long dis­pute be­tween the Nairobi gov­ern­ment and the mil­i­tary.

The road passes through dis­puted 5,000 acres in Em­bakasi, Nairobi.

The road was re­opened a day af­ter the county gov­ern­ment ob­tained a court or­der bar­ring the Kenya De­fence Forces from in­ter­fer­ing with the road.

Kidero, who was sched­uled to re­open the road but can­celled at the last minute, said the land be­longs to the county and KDF “whim­si­cally ac­quired it”. “It had to take the in­ter­ven­tion of the Pres­i­dent, de­spite a court or­der, for KDF to re­open the ac­cess route,” he said in a state­ment.

Three weeks ago, sol­diers from Em­bakasi Gar­ri­son had dug trenches, cut­ting off the road that serves thou­sands of peo­ple from Kay­ole and Mi­hango es­tates. Last Fri­day, they kicked out more than 500 quarry work­ers from the land.

On Wed­nes­day, Ju­bilee politi­cians led by Na­tional As­sem­bly ma­jor­ity leader Aden Duale in­spected the site. Duale said the land be­longs to the KDF. He said, how­ever, they had re­solved that the KDF will fence the land ex­cept for the sec­tion where the road passes.

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Mi­hango MCA Paul Ka­dos (C) and county of­fi­cials on the Mi­hango-Kay­ole link road on May 19 last year

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