Bishop Ochola’s widow speaks on Buruburu demolition


The widow of the late Bishop Ochola has spoken for the first time since one of their Buruburu properties was destroyed by people purporting to own the over Sh 100 million land.

Mary Ochola who addressed media outside Milimani commercial courts after the hearing of a suit filed by Landmerk International proprietors limited over the ownership of the land.

She blames her last born daughter for the chaos and unrest that has been happening since Saturday since she is alleged to have fraudulently sold the piece of land to Landmerk.

The land houses the Glad Tidings Crusade and a school.

She accuses her daughter Chrispine Opiko and her husband Edward Otieno Opiko of forging the her signature and those of other trustees in order to sell the land.

“I am here to be seen because am still alive. Am here to oppose what Chrispine and her husband did. I am the one in charge if the property and nothing should be done without me being informed,” Mary stated.

Mrs Ochola said that on that fateful Saturday, her other daughter Joan Ochola who also a member of the trustees called her early in the morning and informed her that some unknown people were demolishing the Buruburu property.

Joan called the Buruburu police station but they never got any assistance. She then called Nairobi County Governor Mike Sonko who came and stopped the youths armed with crude weapons from demolishing the classrooms.

When the governor arrived he found the children who were in class for their lessons and their teachers crying outside.

Through lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui, the Governor was enjoined in the matter and sought to have the suit strikes out and dismissed over issue of jurisdiction.

The goons demolishing the properties alleged they were effecting a court order.

However, according to the Sonko, no convent or rates clearance certificate was sought was sought nor obtained from Nairobi County Government for the purported transfer of the suit property to Landmark.