20 April 2017

Kenya: Former MP Kin Want Squatters Evicted From Njiru Farm

The family of former assistant minister the late Gerishon Kirima want the High Court to evict over 1,310 Squatters who have invaded their Njiru farm.

Lawyers Wilfred Nyamu, Fred Ojiambo , Paul Onduso and Stephen Mwenesi told Justice Samuel Okong'o that the squatters invaded the farm valued at Sh5billion after the death of the former Starehe MP in 2010.

They claimed the invaders illegally settled on 160 acres of the farm measuring 1,000 acres.

Mr Kirima died December 2010 in a South Africa hospital where he had been flown for specialised treatment.

Ms Teresia Wairimu and children of the former MP have been sued by members of Kamatuto self-help group, who are seeking to be declared legal owners of the land through adverse possession.

However, Mr Nyamu and the other lawyers for the Kirima Estate have said the squatters do not qualify in law to be declared owners of the land they illegally occupy since they invaded the farm in 2011.

In his testimony in court Thursday, Mzee Smith Lusiji , a squatter said he was born in the land in 1939 and raised there.

He claimed the land belonged to an Italian settler, a Mr Dominic, who gave out the squatters when he left Kenya.

Mzee Lusiji, 78 said he moved out with his late father to stay in Nakuru and returned in 1962.

He alleged that in the year 2000, the late Kirima, accompanied by police, demolished their houses with bulldozers and forced them to live in slums

"I reside at Maili Saba slums adjacent to the Njiru Farm," he said.

He pleaded with the judge to declare the portion they occupy as theirs through adverse possession.Hearing continues

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