Laikipia East Member of Parliament Anthony Kimaru Mutahi speaking to journalist outside Milimani law courts after high court extended orders stop him from interfering with suit property owned a businessman Stuart Richard Cunningham located in Nanyuki County on Wednesday February 17, 2016.
BY SAM ALFAN.
High ourt has extended orders stopping Laikipia East Member of Parliament Anthony Kimaru Mutahi from interfering with a 20-acre piece of land in Nanyuki till Friday when the court will give directions.
The MP is in a tussle over the land with a white settler. The land is along Nanyuki-Doldol road, opposite British Army Training camp.
The property has a house, 10 stables for horses, three staff quarters, a garage, a store, a water tank and 15 horses.
In orders issued by high Court judge Joseph Onguto at Milimani, Nairobi, the Inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinett was ordered to provide security for Stuart Cunningham the case is heard and determined.
“The first respondent is hereby ordered to provide security to the petitioner, his family, employees, agents, friends, visitors and friends from the interference of Mutahi,” judge Onguto said.
In the suit filed by lawyer Margaret Shava, Cunningham’s property was invaded on October 3, 2015 by an armed gang of about 50 people.
She said on October 7, her client was granted temporally orders in Nyeri High Court against Mutahi from interfering with the land but the orders have been ignored by Nanyuki officer commanding officer.
“Cunningham, his family and representatives are being physically threatened by hoolgans and that unless they are provided with adequate security, they are apprehensive about their lives and property,” Sava said.
In his affidavit, Cunningham said he has suffered damage worth millions of shillings. He said his life and that of his family were at risk following threats from Mutahi and his agents.
He said due to the destruction of his property, the value had immensely reduced.
“If this application is not granted, the suit will be overtaken by events,” Cunningham said. He said Mutahi has no document to show any ownership of the land he had lived on for 21 years. The case will be heard on Friday.