Hundreds of unknown individuals stormed a farm associated with the family of former President Uhuru Kenyatta in Ruiru, Kiambu county on Monday, March 27.
The individuals were pictured with power saws cutting down trees and setting parts of the farm on fire. Livestock was also stolen. Their motive remains unknown.
Individuals also stormed EA Spectre, the gas cylinder manufacturing firm established by Raila Odinga. The company’s headquarters along Mombasa Road saw property destroyed and windows smashed.
The invasions took place at the same time as protests across Nairobi against the high cost of living and grievances over the 2022 election as well as plans to recruit new commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Kenya Kwanza leaders have previously claimed that the Kenyattas have been sponsoring the anti-government demonstrations led by opposition leader Raila Odinga.
The invaded land forms part of the land on which the Kenyatta family, one of Kenya’s wealthiest, plans to build Northlands city.
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The family in 2015 made a formal application for an environmental audit of their planned Northlands city project, offering a glimpse into the massive planned real estate development. The project is a mixed-use development sitting on an 11,000-acre farm in Ruiru currently occupied by market-leading dairy processor Brookside – a company majority owned by the Kenyattas.
At Northlands, a total of 3,570 acres have been set aside for residential housing—including low density residential (3,134 acres), high density residential (306 acres) and medium density residential (130 acres).
The medium residential area is slated to have 670 town houses and 368 housing units in flats while the low density area is expected to include 601 villas and 1,320 townhouses.
The high-density residential area will feature blocks of flats with 6,980 housing units and 3,100 townhouses. 390 acres were allocated for a business district, including 33 acres for a mall/hotel and two acres for a clubhouse.
A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) report for the project indicated that it was designed to support a population of 250,000 people.
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