9 January 2013

Kenya: Balala Sacrifices Goats On Mvita's Stalled Road

Mvita MP Najib Balala yesterday slaughtered two goats on a road project in his constituency that had stalled for seven years due to legal battles.

Balala said the goats' blood will cleanse the project of any further bad luck.The former Tourism minister said residents of Mwembe Tanganyika, who the road is supposed to serve, need justice.

"Our aim is to get development. We want justice for the residents as some people want to frustrate this project," Balala said while inspecting the cabro road project at Mwembe Tanganyika.

The project was initiated in 2006 before two individuals, Said Saleh and Awadh Saleh, moved to court seeking orders to stop the project.

Said and Saleh claim the land under which the construction of the road is being undertaken belongs to them.The two sued Balala, the Mombasa Municipal Council and 13 other people.

The suit was however dismissed last August after the parties failed to reach an out of court settlement and the two individuals failed to appear in court for the hearing.

Balala accussed some influential individuals of blocking the project from taking off.He told off those claiming they had bought the land from the wealthy Swaleh Nguru family to ask for a refund.

"If they paid hundreds of thousands for this road, they should go the Nguru family and they will be refunded their money," he said.Balala said the two brothers have sued project's contractor over the same matter.

"We are ready to go to court. We expect justice that will be served as the judicial system is straightforward," said Balala.

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