CITY COUNTY BLOCKED FROM DEMOLISHING PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN KAREN.

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Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko with former Kamukunji Mp Simon Mbugua leaving the Milimani Law Courts on Thursday May 29, 2014 after he obtained a court order restraining the Nairobi County government from demolishing houses belonging to the Presbyterian foundation.

BY SAM ALFAN.

Nairobi senator Mike Sonko has obtained orders restraining county government from demolishing the premises of Houses belonging to Presbyterian foundation located at Karen area Nairobi.
Justice George Odunga said pending the hearing and determination of the suit before the court the county government should not interfere with premises which are the subject of the court matter.
The judge said the Church organization moved to court after the county government descended to the property and started demolishing the Houses; it took the intervention of Nairobi city county senator Mike Sonko to have the exercise halted.
Justice Odunga allowed Church to file judicial review proceedings seeking orders to quash the decision of the council to interfere with suit land.
He further directed that the applicant to bring proceedings to compel the city county government desist from harassing the owners of the houses until the matter before court is heard and a decision made by the court.
The court directed that the substantive motion be filed within fourteen days and parties appears in court on 12 June 2014 for further directions
Nairobi City county council demolishes Karen P.C.E.A church AGAIN! Weeks after a previous demolition of the same structures. Nairobi Senator Mike ‘Sonko’ raised dust after the previous demolition. .
A section of the leaders including Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko and Dagoretti South MP David Waweru are now claiming that the disputed land has been grabbed and illegally sold at ksh.300 million.
The church, located in the heart of Karen had its structures demolished allegedly by the Nairobi County Government on Wednesday
According to Rev. Paul Kariuki, County Government askari’s stormed the church Wednesday at 1pm and demolished structures estimated to cost Ksh 5M
Sonko and Waweru who visited the demolished churches condemned the demolitions saying the disputed land was being eyed by some individuals.
The disputed land is about one acre and is located in the leafy suburbs of Nairobi.
Sonko and Waweru have now vowed to take legal action against those behind the demolition.
Church officials insist that PCEA has owned the Karen land for the past 12 years and that it has valid documents to prove its ownership.

 

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