Several Langata residents have gotten orders preventing Environment CS Keraiko Tobiko from bringing down their houses on accusations of carrying out construction on illegally acquired parcels of Ngong Forest land.
In an urgent court plea through Justice Benard Eboso of the Environment and land court, the homeowners noted they acquired the title deeds legally and directive by the CS on demolish their homes was unlawful.
One of the residents Mr Kagwanja Thuo noted in court reports that he bought the piece of land in 2006 from Bahati Legilslator Kimani Ngunjiri in 2006 and has subsequently put up his house.
He added that assertions by the CS Tobiko that the titles were unlawfully acquired are unfounded and the court should mediate and halt the fake plans.
Langata Gardens Ltd, who are also part of the homeowners noted that he has erected a multi-storey structure valued at sh240 million in a plot within Langata Phase 3, and it would be unlawful to demolish it, yet the title is genuine.
He added that he is blameless and plans by the CS to demolish the homes would comprise impunity.
The orders preventing the CS and KFS from bringing down the residential structures were extended by Justice Eboso awaiting further hearing on July 28th.
In June, the CS noted that there were plans to demolish 800 homes as the state seeks to recover and repossess the Ngong forest land, which was grabbed.
Sunvalley I and II, Royal Park, Langata View Gardens, Langata Gardens, forest Edge, St Mary’s Hospital and Kenya Medical Association Estate among others in Racecourse where land was hived for foreign investors are amongst the earmarked properties.
The forest land which initially measured 7,239 acres was gazetted in 1932. It was confirmed as a central forest just after independence in 1964, but had contracted by nearly half to 3,722.5 acres as a result of more excisions. By 1978 it had shrunk further to 3,274.57 acres.
The forest was hived off further, years later, leaving only 2,443.37 in 1996 and 1,330.39 acres in 1999.