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Embakasi land settlers want court to prevent KRC from possessing land

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The application which was filed under a certificate of urgency before Environment and Lands Court presiding Judge. PHOTO by Ruth Wamboi

Over 200 members of Dupoto Darfur Settlement scheme have filed a petition at Milimani court seeking to stop Kenya Railway Corporation and the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of lands from taking possession of over 93 acres piece of land in Embakasi.

The application which was filed under a certificate of urgency had been placed before Environment and Lands Court presiding Judge awaits directions even as members of the Association comprising of women with children and old men who staged demonstration at Milimani Law Court.

They allege they have occupied the said land for many years and KRC has taken it away for the construction of Standard Gauge Railway and is subject to compensation from the real owners.

The members allege they had long been represented by Counsel Thomas Letangule who prepared documents for compensation, but when payment was almost being made by KRC the process was hijacked by another lawyer who never knew members of the association and eventually no money was paid to occupants of the land.

In court documents see by KBC they have sworn several affidavits to demonstrate how they were conned by middlemen leading to loose of Ksh 2.47 billion meant for their compensation.

Through Lawyers Thomas Letangule and former Kajiado Senator Peter Mositet the members want the Law Society of Kenya to investigate lawyers who hijacked the process midway and recommend their prosecution.

The aggrieved families also want the court to issue an injunction against the management of KRC, CS lands and the Lands Commission pending the hearing and determination of the case.

Ruth Wamboi
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