NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 23 – The Business Premises Rent Tribunal has barred the National Oil Corporation of Kenya (NOCK) from interfering with the operations at a disputed petrol station along Ngong Road days following a raid in the facility as police kept vigil during a controversial dawn eviction.
Through an order issued by the Tribunal, Kilimani Officer Commanding Police Station (OCS) has been directed to ensure immediate compliance.
“The landlord either by itself, its servants and/or agents is retrained from interfering, taking possession of the tenant’s business on L.R 209/6776, Ngong Road Nairobi, intimidating, harassing, evicting, locking up and/ or in any manner whatsoever interfering with the tenant’s possession and enjoyment of its business premises pending hearing and determination of its complaint,” the order stated.
Real Energy Limited filed the complaint after police arrested and detained two of its directors during the contested evictions accusing them of incitement and creating disturbance.
The two, Rajab Ahmed and Mohamed Ali who are out on bond were last week apprehended in a dramatic turn of events less than twenty four hours after they recorded a statement at Kilimani over the harassment.
Real Energy Limited accuses National Oil Corporation of Kenya Limited of harassment.
The evictions were carried out in presence of heavily armed police officers attached to Kilimani Police Station backed by private security guards from KK Security Group.
According to the police, the two directors are accused of creating disturbance and harassment.
Attempts to contact Kilimani Divisional Police Commander William Kattam did not bear fruits since his phone went unanswered to clarify whether his office has been served with the said court order.
The eviction squad stormed the facility at around 5am amid a heavy downpour.
At the scene, vehicles belonging to KK Group Security and a Police Land Cruiser blocked the entrance and exit of the petrol station which remained closed.
The value of destroyed property remained unclear but no injuries were reported.
This is one of the latest contentious evictions in which the police have been controversially involved after a Nairobi businessman Mukhtar Ahmed petitioned President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene following weekend evictions at electronic premises he operated for 35 years in which he lost goods worth over Sh20million.