By Allan Otieno
A section of Makongeni residents today clashed with the police during their protests against the Kenya Railways Retirement Benefits Scheme attempts to evict them and install a new security firm.
The residents claim that they have a court order blocking the evictions.
The residents engaged the police in running battles for the better part of the morning, protesting the evictions.
Police were forced to lobe teargas canisters to disperse the residents after the unrest gained momentum.
“We shall not allow anyone to evict us without following the law. On 17th of this month we got a court order stopping these evictions but the scheme plus the police have refused to obey the court orders,” the tenants lamented.
Makongeni MCA Peter Imwatok says that he secured a court order restraining the scheme from evicting the tenants until the hearings set for 31st May 2021.
“I am shocked they want to evict our people yet the court order is in place and they were served on time. Let the new CEO at the scheme obey the law because as its tenants are going nowhere until the court determines this matter,” Imwatok said.
A Court order in possession of Ghetto Radio News had certified the application to stop the evictions as urgent.
“The application dated 17th May 2021 considered as urgent prayer 2 granted in the interim let the application be served for interparty hearing before Justice Muholi on 31st May 2021,” read the court order.
Kenya Railways Retirement Benefits Scheme wants all tenants occupying their houses to pay all their pending arrears.
The scheme also wants to install a security company to man the residence.