Thika Bypass: High Court Issues Orders To Stop Demolitions

A judge has put on hold a plan to destroy buildings in Thika’s Umoja Settlement Scheme to make way for the Sh1.8 billion Delmonte farm bypass, which will connect the Thika-Garissa and Nairobi-Nyeri motorways.

Judge Lucy Gacheru of the Environment and Land Court stated the scheduled destruction will be postponed pending the outcome of a complaint filed by inhabitants of the settlement scheme.

As a result, Justice Gacheru stated that the court was satisfied that the slum residents would suffer irreparable injury if the orders were not imposed.

According to the judge, the residents have land ownership documents.

The inhabitants, led by Ng’ang’a Njoroge, claimed that the plots were awarded to them when the erstwhile Municipal Council of Thika transferred them from Madharau Area to Umoja Settlement Scheme.

The council then issued the occupants with a letter of allocation for the suit tract of land.

Furthermore, the suit property was formerly designated for a public cemetery but was converted to residential use by the local council.

The Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura) is working on a 21-kilometer road project in Thika town to alleviate traffic congestion.

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