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Kidero: 1,180 pieces of public land have been grabbed

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has revealed that a total of 1, 180 pieces of public land have been grabbed in the city.

Dr Kidero said his government was in the process of reclaiming the grabbed pieces of land and warned cartels involved in land grabbing in the capital.

“We will not allow selfish individuals to take land meant for school development for our children and turn it into their own use. This terrible habit of stealing public land must stop,” he said while speaking at Garden Estate secondary school.

A  field at the school was being claimed by a private developer.

FORMER COUNCILORS

He claimed that former councilors of the defunct City Council were the individuals at the center of land grabbing in Nairobi and were now trying to perpetuate the practice.

“The former city council and former councilors had the horrible habit of stealing land and this is a classic example. This was never given out as it is a public utility.

“We will ensure that this land is used for what it was meant for and that is training our children through construction of schools,” said the governor.

The governor also said that he has reigned on land grabbers and prevented them from grabbing three pieces of land in three schools in Nairobi – Our Lady of Mercy school land in Shauri Moyo, Kamukunji and Uhuru Secondary schools.

STOPPED FROM GRABBING

“We have stopped them from stealing Our Lady of Mercy school land in Shauri Moyo, we have stopped them from grabbing Kamukunji secondary school and Uhuru Secondary school,” he said.

Dr Kidero hit at those coalescing around Nairobi Governorship seat aspirant Peter Kenneth, saying that they are land grabbers who have amassed billions of shillings and are now trying to fight him because he has brought an end to their shady land deals.

“There are people opposed to me because I have refused them to continue stealing public land and so long as I am the governor which I will continue up to 2022 no school land will be stolen,” said Kidero.

He also called on Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaiserry to take charge of security in the country and ensure that peace prevails ahead of start of campaigns for the forthcoming August polls.

He also condemned an incident in Dagoretti South that happened last week where guns were drawn during a rally saying that it was a sign that security must be heightened.

“We saw what happened in Dagoretti South where over 23 guns were drawn and so far nothing has happened. We are asking Nkaisery whether he is he awake or asleep. If it was Joho or Kidero, they would be up in arms,” he said.