Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition chief Raila Odinga has come to the rescue of the Westlands family who were forcibly evicted from their home.
Speaking in Egypt on the sidelines of the ongoing COP27, Raila Odinga has called for the compensation of the family by the culpable individuals.
“For a start, the gang that descended on the Westlands home must be made to pay by reconstructing the house and compensating the owner for the damages and the inconvenience,” said Raila.
The former premier decried what he termed as the possible resurgence of the olden days, where people in power oppressed the citizens and took away their property.
“We may be witnessing a quick return of the old practice where individuals with political patronage use their proximity to power to harass innocent citizens and foreigners and take their property,” he said.
The family of Niraj and Avani Shah is the recent most to face the wrath of ruthless land grabbers in the country, as they have been forced to spend days in the cold following the demolition of their house by an auctioneer.
The family says they have lived in the house since 1978 and were wondering who ordered the eviction while their official lease was still valid.
“This was my childhood home. I have lived here all my life since I was six years old and now I don’t know what I’m going to do,” said Avani.
The auctioneer was arrested and charged before he was released on a Ksh. 200 000 bail awaiting the mention of the case for going forth to demolish the property despite a court order restraining him to do so.
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