Multiple homes in Athi River were demolished on Friday evening after President William Ruto issued orders over land grabbed from the East Africa Portland Cement Company (EAPCC).
In effect of the President’s directive, several mansions were brought down by bulldozers, forcing property owners to seek alternative accommodation.
Notably, some of the homes were still under construction.
In videos accessed by Kenyans.co.ke, some residents were filmed salvaging what was left from the demolitions, with others moving their valuable household items to other destinations.
A photo collage of homes demolished in Athi River on October 13, 2023, and affected residents salvaging household items.
Some residents, including former Tusker Project Fame contestant Alvan Gatitu alias Alvan Love, lamented and condemned the President’s directive, noting that many families were left in the cold during the demolitions.
Alvan Love further complained that the victims were being punished unfairly, as they purchased the land without the knowledge that it was under contestation.
The comedian also shared a message sent to the resident’s Whatsapp group by the chairman who allegedly sold them the land.
“Hello members, my hearty felt concerns to those affected. It was really inhuman, we were messed up by our lawyer, but soon things will be okay. We have held up a high-profile consultative meeting.
“Our able governor Her Excellency Wavinya Ndeti has talked with the concerned parties and top national administrators and demolitions have stopped,” read the message in part.
Following a court ruling that found the landowners guilty of trespassing, Ruto ordered the grabbed land to be recovered and transferred to the Export Processing Zones (EPZ) in Athi River.
“I have given clear instructions to the management here that all speculators, people who have held titles to pieces of land for 10, 15, 20, 30 years without developing them, should be revoked so that we can give it to people who want to use this facility,” the Head of State directed.
President William Ruto presiding over the pass out of Kenya Forest Service (KFS) recruits in Nakuru County on October 11, 2023.