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Machakos High Court to issue ruling on Portland demolitions

The Machakos Environment and Lands Court will this evening at 4.00pm make a ruling on an interparty hearing for an application made by Aimi Ma Lukenya Society. The application is seeking injunction orders to stop the ongoing evictions and demolitions on the East African Portland Cement Company land in Athi River, Machakos County.

The society, through its lawyer on Monday made an application for the orders but was directed by the court to appear before Lady Justice Annette Nyukuri this morning for the ruling that has now been scheduled for 4pm. Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka through his law firm had applied for a new suit in the court seeking interim orders on Monday but were not granted.

They were instead directed to serve the application to the other parties and appear this morning for the interparty hearing.The County Government of Machakos had also filed to be enjoined as interested parties in the suit, an application that will be heard after the ruling.

The demolitions began last Friday after the High Court on October 9, 2023, declared the cement grinder the legitimate owner of the 4,298 acres of land.

Properties worth millions of shillings have been destroyed and hundreds of families left homeless following the demolitions.
Among those who thronged the Court this morning were Kalonzo, Machakos Governor Wavinya Ndeti her deputy Francis Mwangangi and Eugene Wamalwa. The demolitions have gotten to the seventh day since they started.

Source: The Star

In other news – Police Did Not Arrest Governor Kawira Mwangaza

Inspector General Japhet Koome now says that the police in Meru did not arrest Governor Kawira Mwangaza, as was widely reported.
In a statement on Thursday, Koome said the Meru governor voluntarily boarded a police vehicle.

Japhet Koome

The IG said she also alighted. The National Police Service wishes to refute claims that police arrested Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza on October 18, 2023, and clarify to the public that the Governor of Meru on her volition, boarded a police vehicle and thereafter voluntarily disembarked from the same vehicle,” Koome said. Read more

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