Ksh150M Land Pits Chinese Against Kenyan Tycoon

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Businessman Francis Nyaga Njeru in a Nairobi court on December 7, 2016, over illegal demolition charges

A Chinese contractor is embroiled in a heated court battle with a Nairobi businessman over a Ksh 150 million seven-acre parcel of land near the Nairobi Inland Container Terminal.

A report published by Daily Nation on Friday, February 7, detailed that Francis Nyaga Njeru, a renown businessman, claimed that China Roads and Bridges illegally leased the land from a third party, ARJ Capital, claiming to have ownership of the land.

This was after Njeru had filed a trespass claim against the Chinese company. The Chinese contractor has since occupied the land since 2015.

Businessman Francis Nyaga Njeru in a Nairobi court on December 7, 2016, over illegal demolition charges

ARJ company is reportedly associated with a top brass government official. 

According to court documents, the prime land was also fraudulently acquired by one Ahmed Rashid Jibril and Farrah Ali Mohamed who are facing six counts of fraud charges in court. 

The duo forged ownership, alleging that they had leased it from the Chinese contractor.

ARJ Capital’s application to be enjoined in the case was declined by the judge who ruled that sworn affidavit in the case had conflicting details on the landowner. 

“Where the documentary evidence presented by the applicant appears to be fraudulent on its face, the court should not compromise the integrity by admitting a party whose intention is to scuttle the proceedings or use the court process to advance a criminal enterprise,” Land Court Judge Bernard Eboso ruled. 

The Nairobi businessman, Njeru, is not new cases involving land fraud.

In 2016, in leaked audio, he was involved in a heated argument with Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko over a demolition exercise in Nairobi’s South B area.

Sonko had to seek the intervention of President Uhuru Kenyatta, who halted the demolition exercise.

This was after Sonko and Njeru had traded insults in the leaked audio. 

Mike Sonko youths into blocking a land demolition in Westlands in 2016
Mike Sonko youths into blocking a land demolition in Westlands in 2016

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