St. Mary’s Mission Hospital is among the structures that the government has earmarked for demolishing in an exercise aimed to reclaim part of the Ngong’ Forest land that was hived off by grabbers.
According to Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko, his ministry is set to execute an executive order that will also see about 20,000 families lose their homes in the Lang’ata area.
“I’m at this moment declaring the immediate commencement of the recovery process of the land in the Ngong’ Road Forest that individuals have illegally acquired over the years,” said CS Tobiko.
Despite the government’s insistence that the pieces of land there were illegally acquired, property owners are adamant that they have the legal title deeds and will seek possible legal interventions.
However, the tough-talking CS has maintained that the exercise will proceed despite occupants having genuine title deeds adding that the titles will be revoked. CS Tobiko also revealed that the government had put in place measures to fence the forest once the reclamation is concluded.
Besides the mission hospital, other property targeted in the exercise include Lang’ata Gardens, Lang’ata View Gardens, Kenya Medical Association Estate as well as Royal Park I, II, and III.
The demolition of the hospital is set to add more injury to a facility that has previously been embroiled in a protracted legal battle over its ownership. In 2017, the facility made news headlines after a section of nuns invaded the hospital to forcefully evict the old management following a court verdict.