Malindi family homeless after eviction
22 February 2012, 10:07
forty members of one family at Muyaza village in Watamu in Malindi district
were rendered homeless after their houses were demolished by private developer
on Sunday morning incident.
families have complained that their elder brother Kitsao Kinewa sold the family
land to a tycoon who was evicting them.
family spokesman Mr. Alphonce Sulubu said they were woken up early in the
morning on Sunday by police officers who ordered them to get out.
said their houses were demolished by hired goons under police guard noting that
properties worthy 0.4 millions were destroyed.
20 police officers and 30 youths armed with crude weapons arrived here on
Sunday and started demolishing our houses. We had not been informed if we were
going to be evicted so most of our houses hold items and some cash were
destroyed,” he quipped.
Sulubu told journalists that they are forced to spent the night in the cold
since they have no where else to go as they were brought up there.
lamented that the land (plot number 120 Jimba Baraka chembe) belongs to the
family since it was owned by their late father who died back 1960s.
don’t know where our brother got the title deed of the land and changed it to
his name. But the reality is the land belongs to the family,” said Mr. Sulubu.
urged the government to intervene and summon their brother so that they can
settle the issue peacefully.
here is where our father, our mother and our two brothers who died were buried
how come our elder brother claims the land belongs to him what about us? We
want him to come and solve the issue peacefully because we are relatives,” he
neighbor Mr. Kazungu Masha said the disputed land belonged to the late father
of the family and not the brother who is evicting his family members.
is just greed with their bother because the land belongs to their late father
and they are the only remaining relative of the family. They too own the land
and not him alone. It’s just because he has used fraud means to obtain
title of the land on his name,” he advised.
area civic leader Mr. Anderson Nyundo said the government should intervene as
quickly as possible as already children were not going to school since the
want the government to take action because children are not attending classes
as their books and some clothes were destroyed during the incident as well as
they have no where to call home,” said Mr. Nyundo when he addressed
journalists in Malindi.
said the two brothers should come together and solve the issue peacefully.
Philip Thoya Baya their bother admitted that they were evicting their relatives
at the land of their father on grounds that they refused to move to a 150 acres
land in Magarini to pave way for development of the land.
said the disputed land truly belonged to their late father who is just a brother
to the relatives occupying the land.
land is for our father and not them they were just allowed to live there but
since there is another land in Magarini we told them to leave the land so that
we can develop it but they refused. You see that is a prime land and it should
be developed that why we sold it.
are five brothers sons to the late our father who own the land according to the
title deed we have so we decided to sell the land for development and tell our
relatives to go and occupy the other 150 acres land in Magarini
district,” he told journalists.
district commissioner Mr. Joshua Nkanatha confirmed the incident and defended
police officers saying they were not demolishing houses but just serving a
demolition was not done by police but some youths. They were just there to
ensure that they maintain peace and order when serving the court order,” he
disputed land, he said was between two brothers and that was much of
family dispute but insisted that police officers were just at the scene to
serve the court order obtained by one of their family members who claims
ownership of the land.
to Mr. Kitsao Kinewa the DC said he claims ownership of the land and that he
had just invited his family members to the land but refused to vacate when he
asked them to do so.
came to my office but you see we can not stop court orders because if we fail
to serve it that can lead us to be prosecuted,” he concluded.
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