Some investors who’d set up business in what was considerably idly lying land have woken up to a rude shock, after the state corporation summoned its machinery, to demolish property on site and claim back its land.
The area in contention includes several restaurants, amusement park, car bazaars and other small businesses, which are in client’s proximity to Railways Club and bordering Uhuru park.
The state corporation that almost collapsed in the early and mid 2000s has been involved in a nationwide effort to recover its land from investors and individuals, who have apparently set up businesses along the rail corridor and some of the idle land and buildings, which were left behind as a result of the near collapse of the railway sector in Kenya.
The current efforts are in line with the refurbishment and restoration of railway services, all across the country.
As per some respondents, who had businesses in the area, the authorities had given them less than a day’s notice, while they are required to give one, which the law describes as up to 30 days. The move to destroy property could possibly land the corporation in court and will lead to sustained court proceedings.
The total cost of property brought down in the night invasion has not been clearly captured or estimated, though indications are that property worth millions of Shillings was destroyed. For the state corporation, it is a new dawn in asset recovery
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