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Outrage over demolition of homes hours after President Ruto order

Multiple homes demolished in Athi River following President William Ruto order over land grabbing from the East Africa Portland Cement Company (EAPCC).

As a result of directives from President William Ruto over land grabbed from the East Africa Portland Cement Company (EAPCC), numerous residences in Athi River were destroyed on Friday night.

Several mansions were brought down by bulldozers, forcing property owners to seek alternative accommodation.

Notably, some of the homes were still under construction.

Some residents voiced their lamentation condemning the President’s directive, noting that many families were left in the cold during the demolitions.

They complained that they were being punished unfairly, as they purchased the land without the knowledge that it was under contestation.

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The demolitions came after President William Ruto directed the Athi River Export Processing Zones (EPZ) management to revoke all title deeds of land that have not been utilized for over ten years.

“I have given clear instructions to the management here that all speculators, people who have held titles to pieces of land for 10, 15, 20, 30 years without developing them, should be revoked so that we can give it to people who want to use this facility,” Ruto directed. 

The Head of State noted that 250 acres which were held by some of the individuals has been recovered and will be used for manufacturing.

“I am informed that we now have an extra 250 acres of land that were originally occupied by speculators they are now out of this place and we can bring additional pieces of land, additional space into the manufacturing space here in EPZ, Athi River,” he stated.

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