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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Family left in the cold as cops, goons demolish Watamu homes

Some of the houses demolished by hired goons under supervision by police  at Chembe Kibabamche in Watamu on March 18./APHONCE GARI
Some of the houses demolished by hired goons under supervision by police at Chembe Kibabamche in Watamu on March 18./APHONCE GARI

Property worth millions of shillings was destroyed on Saturday after police and hired goons raided a home in the controversial Chembe Kibabamuche settlement scheme in Watamu.

The heavily armed police were under instructions to evict squatters, following a land dispute.

They demolished several houses, forcing the family of Maurice Kadzagamba sleep outdoors, as they counted their loss.es Kadzagamba said the goons also stole his Sh68,000. Narrating the ordeal to the press, he said the security personnel handcuffed him and his wife, as the goons demolished his houses. “I’ve been living on this land for the past 25 years. I’m surprised the same police officers who are supposed to protect me and my property turned against me,’’ Kadzagamba said. He said man, whom he did not name, has been after his property for some years. He accused the man of using provincial administration and police to frustrate him and others in the neighbourhood through forced evictions.

“Our area has been invaded by landgrabbers," he said. Lenox Safari Ngomba, another victim of demolition, said the landgrabber has previously attempted to evict them from the land they inherited from their father but failed. Witness Mohamed Konde said the demolition was led by area assistant. He said immediately they reached the area, the goons begun demolishing property. Resident Margaret Kahindi said the government has allowed outsiders to forge documents and claim ownership of their land.


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