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Family accused of evicting squatters in Malindi claim lives in danger – KBC

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A Malindi family accused of demolishing houses to evict squatters who had allegedly invaded part of their 300-acre parcel of land now claim that their lives are in danger.

The Bakshuen family members led by their spokesman Said Bakhshueni said that ever since the eviction exercise took place, they have been receiving threatening calls and messages from anonymous people.

Speaking in Malindi he said on the day of eviction some irate members of the public destroyed some of his properties at his Ganda farm and stole goats in revenge.

The eviction exercise took place last Saturday at Kanyangwa a village within Malindi town and was done under supervision by police following court orders which he showed to journalists.

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Bakhshueni who was accompanied by his two elder brothers Ali Bakhshueni and Mbarak Bakhshueni showed journalists all land documents to justify that the land belonged to the family who inherited it from their late father.

He said they have had legal tussles with the squatters who had sued them one of which was dismissed after 15 years in 2005 giving them legality of ownership.

“After the squatters lost the case in 2005, they attacked me at the farm in 2006 as we were fencing the land,’’ he said.

Baskhueni said the attack led to a criminal case where the suspects were jailed in 2013 for 17 years while two out of the six were jailed for two years and are still serving their sentences to date.

He said the squatters after losing the case which was heard in Mombasa, high court filed another suit in 2006 in Malindi and this time the number of squatters rose from 20 to 102.

The family spokesman said the case was heard by then Lady Justice Christine Meoli and concluded in 2013 where the squatters lost again and ordered to leave the land in six months.

He said the squatters then went to the court of appeal which was heard by a three-judge bench and still they lost the case.

Bakhshueni showed journalists the title deed of plot number 120 certificate number 640 to prove that the land belonged to the family.

He said the parcel of land measuring 360 acres initially belonged to Seif bin Hemed and his father bought it on August 9 1955 and showed the indenture who bought one-third of the land.

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In 1972 he said his brother bought the other two-third share of the land making them full owners of the whole parcel of land which was registered on December 3, 1976.

“If my father bought one-third share and brothers bought two thirds share this farm belongs to my family that’s why we won in court, we have a title deed,” he said.

Bakhshueni said he said eviction order was issued on April 24 2015 after the squatters lost the appeal case at the court of appeal another one in 2019 and 2020.

He said the eviction done last Saturday was done by a court bailiff supervised by police officers after they served the OCS, OCPD, and county commander.

As a family he said they resolved through the National Land commission to offer the squatters 30 acres of land of their choice to be subdivided to them.

At that time the land was valued at Sh. 3 million per acre which to them they had forfeited land worth Sh. 90 million for free to the squatters.

He said the squatters do not want the 30 acres but they want to sell the parcel of land which does not belong to them.

“Those are commercial people who sold land which does not belong to them, they claim we are tycoons yet we were born and brought up here, “he said.

Bakshueni said the parcel of land was subdivided into several plots and Kilifi county governor requested the family to increase the number of acres from 30 to 58 which they again agreed and set aside the land.

“This is a letter dated November 16 2018 notification for approval of subdivision and change of for use from Agriculture to a residential area, the owners in consultation with the county government of Kilifi agreed to allocate 58 acres to settle 102 squatters as per high court civil suit of 2008,” he said.

Currently, Bakhshuen and his brothers said they are not at peace and called on the government to protect them from the squatters who are threatening them.

He said they are ready to negotiate with the government to buy the land at its current value to resettle squatters.

At the farm journalist found out that there was a small mosque which was burnt, a solar panel vandalized and over 100 goats stolen.

Charo Samson who has worked for the family for 20 years before the farm was sold to Stima Sacco said they were 25 employees but only seven are still there as the others left fearing their safety.

He said on the material day they had to run for their safety as the goons could have lynched them in revenge.

Kilifi CEC Member for lands Maureen Mwangovya on her part said they are against such evictions as they undermine the talks that they have been having with landowners to resolve the land problems.

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Sewage Menace in Pipeline, Residents Cry For Help

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By Milo George

Residents of Pipeline Transami area are decrying poor drainage system that has caused sewage water to overflow in their area of residence.

The residents claim that the overflowing sewage is not only putting their lives at risk but also causing air pollution.

They have called on Nairobi Metropolitan Services and Nairobi City Water and Sewage Company to come on board and expand the sewer lines before more areas are flooded with raw human wastes coming from the blocked pipes.
“We want Major Badi and our leaders to resolve this menace immediately. It’s terrible many have been forced to shift their businesses because of the foul smell,” they said.
Pastor Joe Ndivoh of Word Evangelistic Explosion Ministries says that they have been forced to call off the Sunday School Service to protect the children from the smelly sewage.
‘‘We now fear that if prompt action is not taken then we will have a bigger health problem than this because we fear there could be an outbreak of water-borne disease anytime,’’ Pastor Ndivoh added.


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Solberg Jnr replaces Pierre-Louis for WRC Safari – KBC

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Hyundai Motorsport World Rally Team has made a change to it’s WRC2 team for Safari replacing Pierre-Louis Loubet with 19 year old Oliver Solberg.

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The change of crew hands young Solberg an opportunity to resume his family dream on the fabled Safari which was first held from 27 May to 1 June 1953 as the East African Coronation Safari in Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika as a celebration of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Solberg Senior finished the WRC Safari 5th on the 1999 and 2000 editions driving a Ford Focus and navigated by his eventual Championship- winning navigator Phil Mills. In 200 and 2002, Petter retired on Safari after he lost a wheel and suffering engine gremlins on both occasions.

Oliver was forced to withdraw from last week’s Rally Italia Sardegna after his father, 2003 WRC champion Petter Solberg, tested positive for coronavirus.

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Oliver was gearing up for his second top flight World Rally Championship outing with Hyundai at last weekend’s s Italian event.

However having been in contact with his father, Oliver was compelled to remain in quarantine in a hotel in Porto for 14 days as per the FIA Appendix S regulations.

The FIA’s Appendix S COVID-19 protocol and national government regulations offer clear quarantine instructions for those in close contact.

“You can imagine, I am more than disappointed by this news. I am a little bit devastated,” The 19-year-old Solberg told www.motorsport.com last week.

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WRC Safari Rally Event Secretary Helen Shiri confirmed Oliver’s Safari participation saying: “Hyundai WRC 2 team car number 7 has changed the crew from Driver Pierre-Lous and co-driver Florian Haut-labourdette both from France to Oliver Solberg (Swedish) and  Co-driver Aaron Johnston (Ireland). The car, a Hyundai i20 Coupé, remains intact.”

Meanwhile, it’s been a meteoric rise for the son of world champion Petter.

Less than two years after his maiden rally in a four-wheel drive car, the teenage sensation was competing at the WRC’s top level.

Aged just 17, Oliver became the youngest winner of a European Championship rally in 2019.

With a father and a mother from a well-known Swedish motorsport family and a former Production WRC competitor in her own right, there was a sense of inevitability that a career at the wheel was inevitable for Oliver Solberg. 

Solberg’s early years were spent racing in crosskarts.

In 2012 he won the Norwegian Championship before a step up to a higher class brought consecutive title wins in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

In 2019 Solberg stepped into R5 machinery, driving a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 in the Latvian/Estonian/Baltic Rally Championship. He took to the increased power immediately and racked up five class wins on his way to the championship title.

He also followed in his father’s footsteps to join Subaru Motorsports USA. He drove a latest-spec Impreza STI, winning three of the six rounds

After making his WRC debut at the 2019 Rally GB, Solberg stepped into a full WRC campaign in 2020, driving his own Polo R5 alongside a partial campaign with Skoda Motorsport.

The WRC returns to Africa for the first time since 2002. The Safari of old has evolved to fit the modern-day WRC, but its character remains with challenging closed dirt roads, stunning picture-postcard scenery and exotic wildlife.

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Three more suspected robbers arrested along Southern by-pass – KBC

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Three more suspects have been arrested in connection with the recent spate of robberies targeting motorists along the Southern by-pass.

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The three were arrested in Kibra by detectives based in Langata.

Their arrest follows a detailed analysis and investigations of the robberies, with detectives employing cyber and forensic analysis techniques to identify the beneficiaries of the crimes.

Boniface Winjira Unganyi, the proprietor of Basement Crew mobile shop within Lindi in Kibra, was arrested as the key suspect after a total of 102 mobile phones suspected to have been stolen from victims were recovered from his shop.

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Also arrested were 35-year-old Alex Mboya, who was found in possession of a victim’s phone, and a 16-year-old minor, studying at a secondary school in Langata.

Five other suspects have been arraigned in recent weeks in connection with the violent robberies.

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