Malindi Residents Protest

Ngala Estate Residents in Malindi town whose houses worth millions of shillings were demolished, today held a peaceful demonstration protesting against injustices propagated by the National housing corporation (NHC).

The residents are claiming that the NHC has defied court orders and now are erecting a perimeter fence at the site of their demolished houses even before the matter was heard and determined by the court.

The Victim’s lawyer Aoko Otieno, said his law firm has written to the National housing corporation to obey the court orders.

Lawyer Otieno stated that Malindi Chief magistrate Dr. Julie Oseko on March 15 ordered the parties National Housing corporation (plaintiff) and the defendant Martin Ndapatani (now Deceased) in the civil suit no 229 of 2010 maintain a status quo.

The lawyer also said the court granted the parties fourteen days to file and serve submissions and set the matter for mention on April 10.

Speaking to the press at the site one of the victims Ms.Penina George Ndapatani, a widow said for the past two days National housing corporation officials from Nairobi accompanied by police officers came and begun fencing the area.

Ms. Ndapatani said we were shocked to see the perimeter wall being erected even blocking a section of the road.She said efforts to plead with the officers to respect the court orders bore no fruits.

The widow said she bought the properties in 1993 and 1996 respectively as part of her investments but now she was being forcefully evicted.

Another victim Mr. Elvis Mwalimu Shutu said they have lived there since 1970s and surprisingly a tycoon was using National Housing Corporation to take over their land.

Source: Kenya News Agency