Writes Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu
KANU headquarters in Nairobi has moved to court and obtained a temporary injunction against three Kisumu men who are said to have illegally appointed themselves land lords on its Kisumu town based land plot.
The plot comprising of 105 small business premises is fetching close to Kshs 500,00 from the tenants every month. And the political parties dispute tribunal judge Odera Xhacha issued the order on April 3rd, 2014.
The three Jacob Omondi Nyambega, Maurice Dedan Okello and Kennedy Omolo Onyango have been barred from trespassing into the property pending the hearing and determination of the case filed by Senator Gideon Moi the party’s national chairman and Nick Salat,the party’s Secretary General,
The court injunction order says interalia that the pending hearing and determination of the case by the tribunal issue an order restraining the three, their servants, agents,employees or anybody claimin through them howsoever from collecting rent, managing the property/shops, trespassing on to or dealing with it in any manner all that property known as Kisumu Municipality 9/118 after referred to as the suit property.
The tribunal appointed one Omore Tito Odera as an official agent to help in rent collection oon the monthly and that all the money collected be deposited I a joint account of the plaintiff and respondents advocates bank account.
In this case the respondent lawyers are Olel and Odhiambo advocates while the plaintiff KANU Ingutiah and Company advocates. All the proceeds will be deposited into the lawyers joint bank account No1151502588 at the KCB Kisumu branch.
In a joint affidavit signed by Gideon Moi and nick Salat, KANU National Delegates Conference meting held at Safaricom Kasarani Sports ground in Nairobi on April 14th, 2012 all the branches countrywide were abolished and the responsibility for all the party matters were bestowed on Moi and Salat. By a resolution passed unanimously at the meeting.
In the foregoing Kisumu city or anywhere else has no registered KANU branch, so the three by arrogating themselves with the power of collecting rents on KANU land plot, which they converted to their personal use had acted unlawfully.
The popular Nairobi weekly newspaper became the whistle blower. The WEEKLY CITIZEN had carried an article which revealed that a KANU land plot had been grabbed by a group of influential Kisumu businessmen.
Moi and Salat have vowed to recover all the grabbed property of the party of independence wherever they are so that the money accrued from such property could be utilized in the party services and for the interest and welfare of the party members.
In the Kisumu case, the plot which is located opposite the main Kisumu Bus terminal was handed to a group of people masquerading as branch officials in early 1970s. The former branch official was reported to have reached the loose agreement with some traders to develop the plots and recover their money from the rent for the specific period of time. This was at the time when nearly all the KANU officials had crossed the flour and joined the opposition whose youth had destroyed the old KANU office which was built with timber.
Materials on the same plot.
The CITIZEN’S story alerted and alarmed the KANU headquarters the rumours went around that some unnamed persons were in the process of selling the party’s plots to an Indian business tycoon in the town.