Two squatters injured during an eviction at Nguu tatu in Kisauni
Two squatters sustained injuries after a confrontation with police at Nguu tatu area in Kisauni Saturday morning.
The police raided the disputed piece of land at around 9:30 a.m. to evict the squatters, but ended up shooting one person and beating up another.
The squatters said they have been living there since 2011.
The police officers shot one man on the waist and he was rushed to the hospital in the same police vehicle that ferried officers to the site to conduct the demolition.
The officers also beat up a woman and left writhing in pain outside her small house.
At least 70 houses burnt down in the process
Accompanied by hired youth who used hammers, mallets and other equipment to demolish houses, they burnt down at least 70 houses belonging to the squatters.
“This is very unacceptable, how can police punish us like this? Where will we go with our children?” posed Hashim Loma Makazi, the Squatters’ representatives.
According to Makazi, a case over the land is still pending in court and an order was issued barring police from conducting any eviction until the case is heard and determined.
Disputed piece of land allegedly sold to Bandari Sacco
“We have been living in this 60-acre piece of land which is part of the 314-acre piece of land owned by Hussein Dairy limited Company and Hussein has not taken us to court,” said Mr. Makazi.
Makazi said that the squatters will not relent until they get what is rightful theirs.
When we visited the land, a contractor whom we found on the site said the 60-acre piece of land was sold to Bandari Sacco in 2011 and there were no people living there until a year ago.
“These people just occupied the land in the last one year and we have been trying to evict them in vain,” added the Contractor, Obed Njiru.
However, Njiru did not confirm whether he had obtained a court order to evict the squatters on not.
Tension remained high in the area the whole day.