14 January 2013

Kenya: Nairobi Business Park Investors Sue Forestry Service

NAIROBI Business Park Limited said it has started legal proceedings against the Kenya Forestry Services for interfering with its plans to build an office park along Ngong road over land ownership issues.

This is after KFS sent forest guards late last year to stop the construction of the planned office block on a piece of land which NBPL claims to own but deemed a protected area by the forestry regulator. KFS claims the land in question is part of the Ngong Forest.

"NBPL is the registered owner of approximately 11 acres of land off Ngong Road. It has absolute and indefeasible ownership rights evidenced by legal title issued by the Government of Kenya," said a statement by NBPL.

The firm said the action by KFS had no legal basis and questioned why a similar project in 2003 set up on part of the land in question did not raise objections from the regulator.

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