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Kiambu firm in land row with private developers

Sunday October 30 2011

By DAVE OPIYO ([email protected])

A private company has moved to reclaim a huge parcel of land in Nairobi that had been grabbed by private developers.

The Kiambu Dandora Farmers Company Limited, which claims to be its bona fide owners, has consequently issued a one month ultimatum to those who had encroached on the 818 acre land situated in Umoja estate, to register with them as they seek to remedy the problem.

The ultimatum expires on November 20 and the illegal land owners risk eviction if they don’t heed the advice.

The company has further requested the Commissioner of Lands and the Registrar of Titles to carry out a thorough audit of all the excision of the land whose LR number is 11379/3 and to cancel all title documents issued.

The controversial parcel of land is situated in the area between the railway line to the North, Kangundo road to the South, the Kenya Cooperative Creameries factory to the West and Coca Cola to the East.

Mr Mwangi Karanja, the company’s secretary says once the registration process had been concluded, they will work out modalities through which the current owners will purchase they plots they are said to have illegally acquired.

At a meeting on Sunday, with members of the public who are said to have benefitted from the allocations, Mr Mwangi accused the Nairobi City Council, corrupt ministry of lands officials, the Provincial Administration and a number of politicians of being behind their woes.

 “The illegal owners have constructed dwellings and sold off plots without following legal channels. Fake and fraudulent plot cards and titles have emerged with people claiming to own parcels of land in this area,” said Mr Mwangi.

“The company is aware that the current occupants of the land claim to have all manner of documents which we believe are illegal because they have not been issued by the company or the commissioner of Lands,” he said.

Added Mr Mwangi; “We challenge the city council and the provincial administration to show cause why they have acted with impunity in entering and settling members of the public on a private property,” he went on.

The official said they had already obtained an eviction order that mandated them to remove the illegal occupants from their parcel but they have chosen not to implement it yet.

“We want to give the illegal owners a chance to make right what they did wrong…if they don’t do so, we shall be forced to act,” he said.

The company was formed in 1966, by a group of 225 members who had contributions to purchase 818 acres of land from its former land owners.

The land was then known as Khan Farm and encompassed the whole of Dandora Phase one and Phase two with an area of more than 950 acres.

The land was registered in the name of the Trustees of the company in 1970. It could not be subdivided to the members due to internal leadership wrangles.

After a lengthy legal suit, the matter was settled by the High Court in 2006, when a decree was issued vesting the land in the company.

“We will find a lasting solution to the issues of documentation for members of the public who have put up dwellings on this land,” said Mr Mwangi.