Oct 23, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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In Kamae, bulldozers are coming, not title deeds

She is among the thousands of Phase II residents in Kamae who are being evicted from a 120-acre property at Kenyatta University.

In a few days, she could lose her home and die 0.0002-acre lot it sits on. Forever.

She gets tears at the thought of losing the package and then sighs deeply. Clearly overwhelmed, she stares wordlessly into the vastness of the sky. When she finds the courage to say something, her first words are, “I hope the appeal judgment will be lenient.”

“I just can’t see how this investment will flatten … I can.” Don’t imagine looking at the ruins of my property. ”

“ There is a residential building with 14 units on the property – 10 single rooms on the ground floor and four living rooms / bedrooms on the first floor. ”She says. “I can’t stand to watch this get razed by the bulldozers.”

Ms. Wanjiku, a businesswoman, borrowed $ 1 million in June 2018 and invested the entire amount in it Land you saw was an investment opportunity. She didn’t know it was controversial land.

And that whatever the original owner had fled from would catch up with her years later: a court order that ordered all residents to evacuate.

Located just a few yards across the gate from Kenyatta University Hospital, it is prime land by all standards.

Immediately after learning of the original owner’s intention to sell the land, When her business acumen came into play, she knew it would return ten times as much.

At that time, she and the seller just presented themselves to the chairman of the Kamae Community and sealed the property swap deal.

She didn’t even know that a few months later this would be her livelihood – her main source of income, her home – and thus a burden for her.

“I just can’t grapple with the idea at all to lose this, ”says Wan jiku in tears.

The owner just wanted to vacate the place and leave all investments behind. It was an incomplete residential building. She says she improved the units and added four more on the first floor.

The only story the seller told her was, “He had decided to abandon this property in order to move to another property to develop “.

Three years later, after losing her job at the start of the coronavirus pandemic when the districts were locked, her whole life has now skidded, she depends on it as the” only one tangible Investment ”.

The court ruled on September 23, that they and more than 2,000 others will lose their property after 60 days in the fall of the hammer.

A few days before When the verdict was announced, she got wind of the trial. When she asked the chairman of the Kamae Congregation about the impending destruction, he just asked her to stay calm and await the court’s decision Favor decides, appeal, ”she recalls. “He also said that President Uhuru Kenyatta solved our problem.”

Now she is staring at a possible eviction. But that’s not all. She will be stranded with an outstanding loan for the next year.

And since the chairman of Kamae relayed the news of the court’s decision to other residents via WhatsApp, she says there has been a mass exodus from the area.

“I think these are people who had alternatives and anticipated the judgment of the court,” she says.

Wanjiku’s story is not an isolated incident. It mirrors that of several other commercial property owners.

Kamae Congregation Chairman Francis Ng’ang’a says there are approximately 2,400 lots that are approximately 66 by 32 feet. < / p>

He told the nation they had appealed the court’s decision.

The Kenyan University Hospital stands on an edge, separated by a paved road, of over 20,000 residents whose houses are below the ground should be made the same. This is the Kamae area, originally Ka Mae (a Kikuyu word for water place). It used to be Marengeta (a Kikuyu word for swampy place).

It is said that President Jomo Kenyatta gave this package to his dancers – Nyakinyua. And they and their descendants have inhabited the land since 1966.

They later turned to President Moi, who agreed to allow them to be resettled, and ordered that they be issued allotment letters. Then a surveyor marked the borders.

Allocation letters

It is said that the then provincial commissioner of Nairobi, Cyrus Maina, showed them the border, which is currently the northern bypass. A survey was conducted and allocation letters processed. They then claimed the land based on allotment letters from President Daniel Moi’s government in 2000.

Court records show that President Moi ordered the residents known as the Marengeta Occupiers to expand will be 70 hectares. The directive was passed on November 22, 2000 at a public rally in Korogocho, Nairobi.

Twenty years later, the legislature overturned the late president’s words, plunging victims into confusion and a swamp.

Justice Loice Komingoi ruled that allotment letters issued on the orders of President Moi cannot override a properly registered title.

“Permit a claim to both adverse possession and property Ownership of the lawsuit would mean that the claimant can agree and reject. Judge Komingoi ruled that when the Nation team visited the area, life was pretty normal: bricklayers here, another team there, both worked up to multi-story buildings.

In an undated video seen by the nation and believed to have been taped a few days before the verdict was pronounced, President Kenyatta promised to address the Kamae problem “once and for all.” to solve ”when he officially opened the KU Hospital.

The very country he was confronted with when addressing hundreds of residents who longed for a lifelong solution to their problem, sees himself again unprecedented uncertainty.

His words are the only reminders of a solution residents cling to.

Mercy Nyambura, 66, one of the original owners of Kamae Phase II, recalls to the President’s confirmation, as if it happened yesterday. She also fondly remembers July 7, 1987 – when her parents moved to Kamae Phase II, she says. When they died, she inherited her package.

“President Uhuru had promised us title deeds. And we have been waiting for them. Instead, as I hear now, bulldozers could soon come here to rain down mayhem, ”said the nation’s mother of five. “My parents were original landowners.”

“I wonder when the president’s words stopped being final,” she added.

A few meters from Ms. Nyamburas Hut away is Mama Wambos hardware store. This is also her house.

“I have no other home,” she said.

“I grew up here, got married here and now I have fathered children Here. Where should I go I draw else? ”she wondered.

Your hardware store is less than 10 meters from the“ safe ”line – the 30 hectares that Kenyatta University is willing to give back to the community it now occupies .

Just like Mama Wambo, Mr. Maina inherited the 60 by 30 plot of land from his parents. And his story is no different:

“This is the place I know as home For the past ten years, however, I’ve lived with the fear that my house will be demolished. ”

The father of two offers,“ I don’t know where I’ll be moving when I wake up Bulldozers tearing down structures here, but I’m ready to move where the government will show us. “

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