Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko on Tuesday, December 29 came to the rescue of an elderly woman whose land in Nairobi’s Pangani Estate had allegedly been grabbed by a private developer.
Sonko obtained a court order barring the said developer from demolishing or constructing any structure on the disputed land.
“Today I finally managed to secure a court order in favour of the 102-year-old granny whose house where she has lived and known as her home since 1974 was demolished by a cursed, notorious and shameless land grabber.”
“The order restrained the already cursed grabber from doing any sort of development on the granny’s property until her case is heard and determined.”
The private developer on Monday December 28 allegedly sent bulldozers and other heavy duty machines to bring down the granny’s house; leaving her family homeless and in despair.
“I strongly condemn this inhumane and mindless destruction of a house in Pangani that belongs to granny Hannah Kasivi by a cartel of known land grabbers who misled the magistrate’s court with false forged facts to secure demolition orders,” said Sonko.
“Hannah has been residing in her said property since 1974 until this festive season when a known land grabber [name withheld] claimed to have bought the property fraudulently and without the knowledge of the poor granny.”
Senator Sonko claimed the developer also has a tendency of grabbing public utility land.
“The said grabber is also in the process of grabbing the Mwariro public market with the assistance of Nairobi city county senior officers. I want to assure the granny and the public in general I shall fight tirelessly to ensure justice prevails,” said Sonko.
The senator known for his generosity donated building materials, foodstuff, and household items to the family of Kasivi.
“As of now, members of the public have volunteered and constructed a temporary structure for her in the same property as we wait for justice to prevail,” he said.
Sonko claims the land grabber sued ‘ghost’ defendants in court for land ownership, and that not even one litigation document contained Kasivi’s name.
Kasivi said she has known the disputed piece of land in Pangani as her property since her husband passed on in 1974. Sonko said all documents acquired by him from the National Lands Commission and Nairobi County land registry indicate Hannah Kasivi as the legal owner of the piece of land.