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Protests against Waititu ‘land grab’

A group of  residents in Umoja II estate have accused former Embakasi MP Ferdinand Waititu of trying to illegally acquire their land.

The residents said that the former legislator had sent hired youth to invade the land measuring approximately one acre.

They also alleged that Mr Waititu had tried to sell the land to six people who arrived at the scene with no valid documents and were turned away.

According to a certificate of lease held by Michael Thiong’o, one of the five individuals listed as lessees, they have held the piece of land since 2004 when the City Council granted them the lease.

“We had offered him some space to build some CDF offices and gave him copies of the ownership documents which is what they may have used to try and sell the land,” said Mr Thiong’o.

It is after this that Mr Thiong’o alleges that Mr Waititu approached them to sell the land and another adjacent piece at Sh40 million which they refused.

The other four listed joint lease holders for the piece Title No. NAIROBI/ BLOCK 107/1123 are Robert Kung’u, Peter Mariira, James Maina and Charles Kinyua.

Other documents showed that they had applied for and been granted subdivision approval as well as change of user from single dwelling to multi-dwelling by the City Council of Nairobi.

Mr Thiong’o also had rate receipts from the county government for the same.

The residents, who protested outside the piece of land that is adjacent to the Greenspan shopping mall, burned an effigy of Mr Waititu.

They called on Governor Evans Kidero to intervene and stop the alleged illegality.