Blow for tycoon Mike Maina as court declines request to reconstruct wall on disputed CBD land

The Marble Arch Hotel on Lagos Rd, Nairobi.

High court has rejected a request by Muthithi Investment company limited and Marble Arch Hotel to reconstruct a perimeter wall around a piece of land being disputed by Nairobi County Government.

Justice Bernard Eboso also declined to allow orders directing the county government to approve the development they submitted to allow them restore the perimeter wall at the said property located within the CBD.

The county government rejected the application on grounds that the land was a public utility parking.

Marble Arch Hotel has been using the alleged grabbed land as a parking lot for its guests. In December the county government demolished the perimeter wall.

The hotel argues that they are the genuine registered owners of the disputed land.

The parking lot and the public toilet near the hotel are said to be built on land owned by the Nairobi County Fire Station.

In his affidavit, the owner of the said hotel, businessman Mike Maina said the demolition of the wall by the county has affected his business since its guests no longer enjoy privacy and security as before.

Maina once stormed a 20 acre piece of land in Kayole, Nairobi win bulldozers after he failed to force Nairobi Water Company to remove all piping and sewer lines from the property.

In 2018, the county embarked on a campaign to reclaim grabbed parking bays within the CBD and has since then repossessed over 200 parking slots.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko put on notice all land grabbers in the city warning that buildings on grabbed public land will also be demolished.

He added that there is no room for land grabbers in Nairobi and his administration will not relent on its quest to reclaim grabbed land in his County as promised during his campaign.