Reprieve for the Nubian community in Kisumu as court halts evictions

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By Jacob Oluoch

The Environment and lands court has extended orders barring the Kenya Railways from Evicting the Nubian Community from a disputed land in Kibos, Kisumu County.

The lands court in Kisumu yesterday gave the orders giving hundreds of Nubian families who were affected in the demolition some reprieve.

The court further directed the comunity to move back to the parcel of land and erect temporary structures as they wait for the case to be heard and determined

“The court has made a conservative order that the community should be allowed to move back to the disputed land and rebuild temporary structures until the matter is heard and determined,” said Kituo cha Sheria lawyer Joshua Odhiambo Nyamori.

The Nubian community welcomed the reprieve saying they will erect temporary structures and even offer prayers at the mosque which was demolished.

“We are very happy for being here today together with our lawyers and we thank God for  the court’s decision. We are moving straight to the land and start the constructions as there are those who promised our members iron sheets. We are going to follow up and ensure that they reach the site,” added Muslim Association chairman  Sheik musa Haji.

The judge directed lawyers representing both parties in the suit to return to the court for hearing on April 21, 2021 .

Court directed the Kenyan Railways MD Philip Mainga to halt  any further eviction until the matter is heard and determined.

The sued parties include Kenya Railways, Cabinet Secretaries for transport as well as  National and commission, the county government of Kisumu and Attorney General.

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