Construction site workers at a contested land in Parklands area within Nairobi County on Monday July 13 fled the site, after the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) Director General Mohammed Badi toured the site in his full military uniform.
Badi who was accompanied by Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi, Parklands MCA Jayedra Malde and police officers stated that his office had reclaimed the said parcel of land from the developer and put on notice those who have grabbed public land belonging to the county.
“Any land that belongs to the county will go back. We cannot allow individuals to be greater than the state”, Badi stated
According to Badi the land will be put into use by the county with plans to erect a public Medical facility to serve residents of the Parklands region.
On his part Wanyonyi cautioned Kenyans against the bad habit of grabbing public lands.
“We must stop these bad manners of grabbing every open space reserved for public utility,” Stated Wanyonyi.
The matter had been brought to his attention by the area MCA who sent him a letter dated April 27, 2020.
“It has come to my knowledge that the property has been occupied and controlled by a third party for personal use and gain. There is an ongoing construction of residential apartments on government land”, the letter read in part.
MCA Malde also revealed that he had written several letters to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission EACC and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations DCI over the matter with little success.
He further claimed that the developer had already started putting up high-rise apartments in the parcel of land located along 3rd Parklands Avenue.
According to documents shared by the Ward Representative, the parcel of land is estimated to be worth well over Kshs 2 billion.