Protests as prominent businessman attempts to grab own land
01 March 2016, 11:09
Nairobi -A prominent city businessman, Peter Kuguru is locked in a tussle with residents of an estate in South C area, over a structure he is putting up.
The businessman is the original owner of the parcel of land where Rangers Court stands and he sold it out to willing buyers after developing it.
Rangers Court residents now claim Kuguru sold them the plots of land complete with space for a playground, but has come to reclaim the piece of land that had previously been set aside for a children's playground.
A planned demonstration by the residents on Sunday to protest the construction of a building in a playground by Kuguru nearly flopped after a group of youths aligned to the developer stormed the estate.
"He sold the entire property to us over 10 years ago, but he has been coming back through suspect means. He is now setting up a building at a piece of land that was set aside for a children's playground," said Jason Kariuki, a spokesman's of the residents.
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But speaking separately to News24, Kuguru maintained that he sold 257 plots to the residents but not the play field, which he said is his property and asked them not to trespass on his land.
"I cannot grab my own land as they claim. I developed this estate from scratch, put all the basic amenities as required and sold it out. All the residents have their title deeds. But the field which they claim is their playground is my property," he said.
"I have all the necessary approvals from the Nairobi county government and National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA). I would not have received the nod from these authorities to go on with the construction if at all the ownership of this land was disputed," explained Kuguru.
It took efforts of police officers from Akila Police Station that is within South C, who were called in after the over 30 young men stormed the estate in a hired bus, to cool matters down.
The officers asked the youth to leave the estate, giving the residents room to hold a peaceful demonstration.
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