Property worth millions of shillings demolished over land dispute

Property worth millions of shillings was demolished in Kilifi County as a dispute on ownership of the prime parcel of land in Mazeras Township escalates.

The demolitions included family residences, rental houses and business stalls, while the matter is said to have been listed for hearing before the Environmental and Land Judge at the Mombasa Law Court.

A contingent of anti-riot police squad from Rabai Police Station supervised the exercise as a hired bulldozer flattened the structures, yesterday.

The family of late Mohamed Kalume acknowledged there is a dispute over the land in question between them and a local businessman Joseph Kithuku Muki Kitonga.

A widow, Sofia Kalume Nori, said the matter was pending in court and the demolitions were carried out before the hearing of the case began.

She told journalists they were ambushed in the presence of anti-riot police officers and wondered how the court had issued the order prior to the hearing day.

“To make matters worse the family was not served with a copy of the court order,” she pointed out, adding that the disputed parcel is their ancestral land.

She spoke while assessing damage to the structures along the busy Nairobi-Mombasa Highway in Kilifi County.

The widow said she is unable to establish Muki’s motive behind the land saga and that they are waiting for the determination of the court case.

Nori described the move to demolish their structures without a notice as barbaric and inhuman saying she has been living with her great grand-children.

She claims her appeal to the Government for assistance on the ownership of the land has not been actualized.

Kalume’s elder daughter Esha Kalume, said it was unfortunate that the police watched over as the demolition took place yet they hadn’t been served with a court order.

Two business tenants, Mbesha Ngome and Abdulmohamed Salaat, whose property worth thousands of shillings was destroyed, denied claims they were informed of the demolitions.



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