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8 charged with trespassing on Sh5 billion Kirima land

Teresia Wairimu (right) complained about the alleged invasion. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Teresia Wairimu (right) complained about the alleged invasion. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Eight men who allegedly invaded the 1,300 acre farm valued at more than Sh5 billlion belonging to former Starehe MP Gerishon Kirima were on Wednesday charged with trespass to private property.

Senior principal magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot directed the eight to be remanded until Monday when facts of the case will be outlined.

Those who were arraigned are George Kyalo Kioko, Amos Shinua Buura, Simon Macharia Wanjohi, Kennedy Ochieng Onyela, Jackson Mugani Kibugi, Julius Ng’ang’a Njoroge, Joseph Ngige Njogu and Robert  Wajumbe.

They all pleaded guilty to the charge filed against them by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) that they trespassed onto private land contrary to trespass law.

“Your honour, I urge this court to allow me present the facts of this case on June 5 since the investigating officer has not availed [sic] all the evidence,” a State prosecutor said.

The magistrate was urged to direct all the accused be remanded at the Industrial Area Prison until June 5, 2017.

The eight who were arrested following a complaint by the widow of the former assistant minister of the Moi regime, Ms Teresia Wairimu, were accused of trespassing into the Njiru Kirima Farm on May 30.

The vast farm is within Kayole Estate in Embakasi sub-county of Nairobi. In another case, the family of the late real estate mogul has asked the high court to evict more than 1,300 squatters who have invaded  the Njiru farm.

Lawyers Wilfred Nyamu, Fred Ojiambo, Paul Onduso and Stephen Mwenesi told Justice Samuel Okong’o that the squatters invaded the farm after the death of Kirima in a South African hospital in 2010.

Ms Teresia Wairimu and children of the former MP have been sued by members of Kamatuto Self Help Group who are  asking the court to be declared legal owners of the land they allegedly occupy through adverse possession.

But Mr Nyamu and the other lawyers for the Kirima Estate have said the squatters do not qualify in law to be declared owners of the land they illegally occupy since 2011.