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September 19, 2018

Outering Road expansion to proceed, says Land court

A section of the newly upgraded  Outering Road
A section of the newly upgraded Outering Road
The Environment and Land Court has allowed Kura to proceed with expansion of Outering Road, where work had been stopped after a couple filed suit.
The decision is contained in a letter from the Attorney General and Department of Justice dated July 16. It is addressed to Kenya Urban Roads Authority director general Silas Kinoti. “The court orders issued on July 2, 2018, restraining the respondents from interfering or excavating the applicant’s property LR 1508/2 has been vacated and the contractors should move with speed and proceed with construction of Outering Road,” the letter reads.
Samuel Kang’ethe and Mary Kang’ethe sought court orders on June 21 to restrain Kura, the National Land Commission and Sinohydro Tianjin Engineering from trespassing and interfering with their property.
The couple said to be the registered landowners have business premises on the property.
According to court documents the applicants indicated that Sinohydro , on instructions from Kura trespassed and invaded their property by disconnecting the electricity, vandalising the electricity connection and commencing excavation.
They argued the actions of the respondent amounted to gross impunity.
In February, Kura set July 14 as the new date for the completion of the Sh8 billion expansion of Outering Road. The road was to be completed in September last year, but there were delays over compensation and relocation of services like water and electricity.

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