Governor Mike Sonko Reveals His Buru Buru Plot Sits on Road Reserve
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko on Thursday revealed that a plot he owns in Buru Buru Estate sits on grabbed public land.
The county boss made the revelation as he ordered those sitting on grabbed public land to vacate immediately before he goes after it.
" It is better to be a one-term Governor and leave a legacy than entertaining grabbing of public land/utilities," Sonko quipped.
[caption caption="Sonko inside a bulldozer during the demolition of an illegal structure along Access Road in South C estate"][/caption]
"Remove all your valuables from the under mentioned public utilities with immediate effect including my Buru Buru Plot and Maina Kamanda's property," Sonko ordered.
Among other properties that Sonko wants occupants to immediately vacate is the proposed land for Gigiri and Ruaraka fire stations, encroached Highridge Hospital in Parklands, New Muthaiga Thigiri Ridge County Dispensary and Nursery school and Grabbed Pumwani Hospital expansion structures.
Sonko further vowed to reclaim Langata Primary School land, St. Catherine Primary School land, Buru Buru Girls School land, Eastleigh County Market, Mwariro County Market, and grabbed land reserved for South C Market.
The county chief also ordered those who have encroached Martin Luther Primary School land, Kamukunji Secondary School land, and Langata Secondary School to salvage their property before he swings into action.
"Grabbed land reserved for Nyayo Estate police post, all county public roads/accesses, all grabbed land in all the estates within Nairobi reserved for playgrounds, public social halls, and houses constructed on the sewer line and Nairobi water pipeline should also be vacated immediately.
"Further note that any County/NEMA official who conspired with grabbers to approve building plans on public utilities will also be prosecuted alongside the said suspected grabbers," the Governor concluded.
[caption caption="The recently reclaimed Kangemi Recreational Park and playground in Westlands which was reclaimed from an illegal dumpsite"][/caption]
His eviction orders come in the wake of demolitions spearheaded by NEMA in a bid to clear encroachers from riparian land as part of the Nairobi Regeneration Land.
Sonko's promise to prosecute NEMA and county officials addresses a concern raised by many Kenyans and leaders including Narc Kenya Martha Karua, Senator Moses Wetangula and MP Otiende Amollo.
"It's painful to let people acquire Riparian land, process building permits, construct, occupy, get the authorities to connect electricity and amenities, secure tenants and business permits, then wake-up to order demolition! Let the buildings fall! But all in the chain must pay a price!" Otiende Amollo had raised concern.
"Waiting for people to build to completion on 'riparian' land then watching as innocent third parties buy or lease the properties only to come in and demolish causing untold loss and suffering is unacceptable morally and legally!" Karua had quipped.
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