Former Embakasi East MP John Ogutu Omondi has asked the government not to bring down City estates allegedly built on hived off Ngong forest land.
The MP asked the Government to go after former Senior Government officials who are the most culpable.
Addressing the media through Zoom, the former legislator said it will be unfair to demolish the resident’s houses yet some of them are long serving civil servants.
“These people took loans, they sacrificed all they had to get a home. The same Government issued title deeds to them. It will be wrong to punish the innocent,” Omondi said.
He asked Environment CS Keriako Tobiko to be “rational and sober”.
“The hiving off -of the land was done by a gazette notice by a Government minister. If they demolish all the structures, they should also demolish the Police dog unit sitting on the land and the Prison. It should not be selective,” he said.
Omondi sympathized with residents of KMA estate whom he said most are doctors who need to be attending to Covid – 19 patients.
“KMA residents joined SACCOs and saved money. They bought the land genuinely, went to banks and got loans. How do you say that is illegal? Most are doctors and we should spare them so that they can help us during this pandemic,” he said.
The former MP warned that Tobiko’s actions may be declared illegal in future by another minister and that will be a dangerous precedent.
According to media reports, the process of excising part of the land where the Lang’ata residential estates stand began in 1997 when Environment and Natural Resources Minister Henry Kosgey published a notice to set aside 53.68ha (about 130 acres) on December 22.
The land was indicated as L.R. No. 23256.
On March 23, 1998, Kosgey’s successor Francis Lotodo de-gazetted the alteration of Ngong Forest land to give it legal status.
Its at this stage that several Saccos bought the land, subdivided it into residents and magnificent houses were put up.
The estates mostly comprise of retirement homes put up by senior civil servants.
The estates to be demolished are Sun Valley , KMA Lang’ata estate, Lang’ata Place, Lang’ata View Apartments, Royal Park, Forest View, Shalom estate, and St Mary’s Apartment.
Speaking last Friday at the Miotoni block of Ngong Forest when he received infrastructural support for the Green Zones II project, Environment CS Keriako Tobiko said they would reclaim more than 6,000 acres that had been grabbed.
“Except the areas that were lawfully de-gazetted, all the other parcels of this forest, whether people have titles or not, whether they have built structures for business or residential houses, will be reclaimed,” he warned.