The Star (Nairobi)

24 May 2012

Kenya: Firm Takes Kenya Power to Court for Trespass

A private company has sued Kenya Power for trespassing onto its property and erecting pylons. Disa Enterprise is seeking compensation of Sh113 million from company saying the high voltage transmission lines installed on its land in Komarock are a health hazard to its employees. The company says its right to clean and healthy environment has been violated by KPLC.

In its suit papers the company says it intended to use the land in question for industrial purposes but it cannot utilise it fully because of the Kenya Power pylons. The firm says Kenya Power has failed to explain the adverse action of seizure of the land despite several demands. The power firm erected the transmission lines on land, which is for industrial use and measures 2.54 acres is situated at Saika Estate within the larger Komarock in Nairobi, between 1999 to 2002.

Kenya power is accused of conducting a survey without permission and demarcating some 70 metres wide trace area as buffer one for the pylons. "The trace area that has been reserved for Kenya Power transmission lines has significantly reduced the usable land thus rendering the balance of the land unfeasible for industrial use," the firm says.

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