Firms seek Sh140m for GSU land

By: PAUL OGEMBA

The government might be compelled to pay over Sh140 billion as compensation to two companies for illegal occupation of their land, where the General Service Unit headquarters is located.

This follows a suit by Afrison Export Ltd and Huelands Ltd claiming that former President Daniel arap Moi’s government forcibly took part of their 96-acre land on Thika Superhighway in 1988 to build houses for GSU officers.

“The companies have failed to access their land after they were brutally ejected on a false basis of security,” said the companies through Okoth and Kiplagat Advocates.

The companies’ claim for Sh141 billion is based on a private valuation. In his affidavit, the firms’ director, Mr Geoffrey Mutisya Mbili, said they bought the land in 1981 and were registered owners until 1988, when the government took over 37 acres.

“It started when the exercise of power by the Office of the President was unquestioned for fear of being victimised,” said Mr Mbili.

He said due to the firms’ complaints after Mr Moi retired, the government acknowledged the land takeover but has been dragging its feet on compensation.

Justice Mumbi Ngugi directed that Attorney-General be served with the suit before the hearing on December 9.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION