Mag­is­trate vis­its NMG land claimed by squat­ters

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - NATIONAL NEWS - BY COLLINS OMULO

Machakos High Court deputy reg­is­trar yes­ter­day vis­ited land be­long­ing to Na­tion Me­dia Group (NMG) re­tire­ment ben­e­fits scheme, which is be­ing claimed by a group of squat­ters.

Mag­is­trate K. Kenei, flanked by po­lice of­fi­cers and the par­ties to the dis­pute, toured the set­tle­ment scheme at Katani in Ma­voko, Machakos County, as had been di­rected by the Machakos En­vi­ron­ment and Land Court.

The land has, for the past three months, been in­vaded by armed youths. The squat­ters, un­der the name Nge­lani Pi­o­neer So­ci­ety, in their sworn state­ment dated March 1, claim that they have been liv­ing on the land for close to 25 years and have con­structed struc­tures among them churches, schools and roads.

Mr Ur­banus Ma­tiva, the group’s spokesper­son, claimed that they were vic­tims of at­tack.

NMG, in a sworn af­fi­davit, says that it bought the piece of land in 2012 from Ziba Trustees Lim­ited to the tune of Sh440 mil­lion for their re­tire­ment ben­e­fits scheme.

The mag­is­trate will present her find­ings to the court on May 24 when the case is set for a full hear­ing.

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