, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 17- There was a stand-off on Tuesday morning between Ethics Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) officials, police and a group of armed youths manning a piece of land said to have been grabbed in Loresho.
The land apparently belongs to the Nairobi Water Company, Loresho Reservoir and already one acre has been hived off by a private developer.
The EACC officials accompanied by police officers had gone to the land to try and recover it when they were blocked by the group of youths.
The youths were armed with bows and arrows and according to an official at the reservoir, “they have been brought here to ensure no one accesses the land.”
“This is dangerous because of where the reservoir is located…it’s a protected area,” he said.
EACC Spokesman Yassin Amaro told journalists they are determined to recover the land.
“As you have observed, part of it on the left has been grabbed by a private developer near the wall while on the right side someone has already cut off a whole acre which was earmarked for future expansion for the water reservoir,” he stated.
“Another reservoir holding 120 million litres of water was supposed to be put there but it has now been grabbed.”
“The private developer has put private security personnel…you have seen people with bows and arrows to put off anyone who goes there,” he pointed out.
“As EACC we have come here to make sure we put this land and its title deed to where it belongs because water is very crucial for future development of Nairobi.”
He said already plans were underway to ensure the land is repossessed fully.
“There are no two ways about it, we know land grabbing has gone high; we will work with the (National) Land Commission to make sure we put this matter behind us as soon as possible,” he said.