Work on Karen land ‘stopped’, court told

The controversial 134-acre piece of land in Karen has been secured and there is no construction going on at the site, the High Court in Nairobi was told on Tuesday.

Lang’ata deputy police commander Mwangi Kuria told Lady Justice Lucy Nyambura Gacheru that his officers are on 24-hour guard to ensure that the order she issued is obeyed.

“Our only challenge is we do not know the exact boundaries and the size of the disputed land since the beacons are not visible,” said Mr Kuria.

Lawyer Cecil Miller, for Mr Horatius Da Gama Rose, who is claiming ownership of the Sh8 billion property, confirmed that the people who invaded the land had stopped constructing perimeter walls.

ENJOIN BARCLAYS

Mr Miller applied to be allowed to enjoin Barclays Bank following a statement by Mr Rose that he bought the land in 1982 from Mr Arnold Bradley through the bank.

Mr Rose, through his firm, Muchanga Investments Ltd, has sued Telesource Com Ltd, Habenga Holdings, Jina Enterprises Ltd, Director of Survey, Director of Physical Planning, Ministry of Lands, Registrar of Titles and Chief Land Registrar for allegedly acquiring his land illegally.

Telesource, linked to former National Social Security Fund boss Jos Konzolo, insists it bought the land legally from Jina, who allegedly bought it from Habenga.

The judge extended orders barring any activity on the land until November 11 when she will hear all the parties.

This article was published by the DAILY NATION on October 28, 2014