July 02, 2020

Land grabbers to be shamed – Sonko

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has vowed to name and shame Nairobi land grabbers.

Sonko says he has in place a multi-agency team to probe all the grabbed public property and lands.

“My administration and a multi-agency team is working round the clock to investigate all cases of land grabbing. We shall soon release a review report.

“Provision of quality services to the Nairobi residents is a priority,” said Sonko.

On his part, the Nairobi County Lands Executive Member Wachira Njuguna reiterated Sonko’s sentiments saying that the multi-agency that will be investigating land syndicates will soon be unveiled.

“We thank the Governor for his commitment in fighting for justice and repossessing all grabbed county property,” said Njuguna.

The leaders further said that plans are underway to construct a modern garbage recycling plant at Dandora.

They pointed out that the county government is now engaging some foreign experts on it.

“We believe many youths will be employed once this plant is completed,” said Njuguna.

The leaders were speaking during a consultative meeting with County Executive Members.

In September last year, Sonko named three individuals he said were behind land and property grabbing syndicates in the capital.

Speaking in Ngong area when reverting a grabbed land back to the owner, the Nairobi Governor noted that former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero’s cousin Emmanuel Okello and Kidero’s lawyer Tom Onyango were owners of some of the properties that were grabbed from people.

He noted that the two individuals were directors of several companies that bought prime land and property from people illegally.

Sonko also bashed controversial businessman Raju Sanghani who he accused of illegally grabbing land, noting that their friendship would not deter him from taking action against him.

“Raju Sanghani falsely believes that he can freely grab land because he printed 10,000 t-shirts for me during the campaigns. Won’t allow it!” Sonko stated.

Sonko claimed that the individuals bought properties that were illegally obtained from real owners of the land.

As part of the scheme, Sonko noted that the county workers in the rates department would intentionally tamper with records on prime properties of certain individuals.

He noted that the county workers would delete records that proved the property owners had paid the rents and insert false debts on the payments.

The controversial governor further indicated that the officials would go to court and seek orders to have the auctioneers take up the land at lower prices.

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