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Langata playground legally ours, say Singh brothers

24 January 2015, 16:04 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The Langata Road Primary School playground was acquired legally by the Airport View Housing LTD, the 4 Singh brothers accused of grabbing it have said.

In a paid out advert in a local daily, the brothers said that they acquired the piece of land legally and were not in any contravention in their opinion, stating that they followed the right procedures to ensuring that they bought the land.

They also said that they followed due diligence and landed permission from the necessary authorities to purchase the land.

The brothers also cried foul over the prosecution they and their families had received in the wake of the incident that saw school children teargassed and said that they will pursue legal means to ensure their name is cleared from the current fallout.

" We as a company feel aggrieved by the simple fact that we have been labelled all sorts of names over the piece of land along Langata Road, to the effect that we have been persecuted unfairly and without being given room to defend ourselves," they said.

The brothers added that it was only right that due procedure be followed to ensure that the truth behind the alleged grabbing of the plot be completed.

" It is only fair and proper that the due process of law is observed and that the rights of all persons affected, as guaranteed by the Constitution, are upheld. This involves allowing all such persons to be heard before any conclusions are arrived at," they added.

On the matter of school children being teargassed, they said they had nothing to do with it and offered their apologies to the families of the children.

" We had no hand in the chaos which unfortunately resulted in injury to pupils. As Kenyans of goodwill, we convey our heartfelt sympathies to the victims and their families," they defended themselves.

Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu named the brothers last week as the chief land-grabbers of the 2 acre piece of land.

In a presser Thursday afternoon, Ngilu named the four as Madip Singh, Madit Singh, Haban Singh and Kamal Amrish Singh, all directors of the company.

Ngilu said that the four were in charge of the fencing of the land belonging to the Langata Road Primary School in Nairobi. Ngilu also said that the fake title they had to the land was under the company's name.

Ngilu had promised earlier to name the owners of the grabbed land, saying that she was indebted to Kenyans to provide answers as to why the land had been grabbed.

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