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Governor Kidero Opts To Defy Ombudsman Directive To Repossess Grabbed Eastleigh Land Letting Developers Continue With Illegal Construction

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Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and Senator Mike Sonko both are on public record supporting the traders but nothing substatntive has been forthcoming from them to see the developers stop construction.

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and Senator Mike Sonko both are on public record supporting the traders but nothing substantive has been forthcoming from them to see the developers stop construction.

Two weeks down the line after the Ombudsman released their investigations report on a contested land in Eastleigh that has been taken by Alfa Traders, the developers of an upcoming mall. Traders that were forcefully displaced from the land to give way for construction logged a complaint with the Ombudsman to determine the truth in the squabble.

The report found that the Alfa Traders illegally acquired the land by making the scrupulous deal with corrupt City Hall officials and that the lease that they’re holding onto for ownership is fake. As a recommendation, the CAJ directed Kidero as the custodian of the piece of land to repossess it and also the traders be compensated Sh150,000 each for the losses incurred during the demolitions of their stalls when Alfa Traders stormed in.

Kidero was directed to give a cessation notice to the traders, and that they immediately stop construction, the part of the building up should henceforth be demolished. The corrupt City Hall officials facilitating the land grabbing cartel include Nelson Otido, he unlawfully executed the lease documents for the fraudulent Alfa Traders MDsAli Sheikh Mohamud and Farah Mohamed Barrow.

Isaac Nyoike, Chief Valuer, is one the most corrupt figures in the Office and primarily aiding land grabbing in the City. Ombudsman directed Kidero to fire him. Karisa Iha, Director, Legal Affairs, abused office and breached public trust making him and the rest of the quack officials unfit to hold positions. These officials are the pillars of land grabbing amongst other dirty deals in the City which is biting off the cake.

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Governor Kidero, the backstops with him, and no restrictions are stopping him from repossessing the piece of land and ordering an overhaul of land records to weed out the dubious land deals. The question is the governor ready to tackle the mess or simply do media appearances that he’s fighting the cartel yet nothing positive in action is forthcoming. Nairobi, voter, is a critical and watchful being, getting away with everything is no longer a possibility. At the end of the day, people will ask what did you do, how did you deal with corruption cartel apart from press releases.

Sonko, the City’s Senator, has less if nothing to show when it comes to policies crafting, his senatorial performances are not only weak but nothing memorable apart from physical fights with Kidero. He is also missing in action from not only the Eastleigh land grab but from many public land grabbings in the City, unlike his previous trademark of being front row with the public fighting for their rights.

Construction is still on, developers going on without any hitch despite the lawful directives. This equals an endorsement of unlawful operations by the governor himself. He has the authority to put to an end the never ending tag of war.


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