Land Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu has given traders carrying out business activities on land belonging to South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU) in Nairobi’s Upper Hill area two weeks to vacate or be forcibly evicted. Ms Ngilu, who toured the contested parcel of land, said the parcel is legally owned by SEKU, adding that traders had illegally encroached on it.
The land measures 1.6 hectares. It is situated on Chyulu road off Ngong road opposite the Kenya National Library Service headquarters. The CS dismissed as null and void the traders’ “ownership documents”, saying they did not originate from the Ministry of Land.
She said according to records in her Ministry, the parcel of land was registered under Ukambani Agricultural Institute (UKAI), which was later changed to SEKU. The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof Geoffrey Muluvi, welcomed the move by the Ministry saying the university had in the past petitioned the ministry with little success.
The CS was accompanied by senior ministry officials.