In a bid to halt their impending eviction from the estate of the late politician Gerishon Kirima, over 500 residents of Chokaa in Njiru have taken legal action by filing a case.

The residents claim to be rightful occupants and developers of the plots they call home within Mihango, Nairobi County, arguing that they obtained the land through legitimate means.

According to the case filed by 31 officials of the Chokaa Upper Chamber Welfare Group, the residents are petitioning the court to suspend the execution of a judgment issued by Justice Samson Okong’o last year, which ordered them to vacate the over 1,000-acre parcel of land owned by the Kirima family.

Representing the residents, lawyer Cecil Miller highlighted several discrepancies in the legal proceedings.

He pointed out that no site visits were conducted on the residents' plots by the court, and there were inconsistencies in the price quotations received from the Kirima family's advocates.

Miller emphasized that his clients had conducted independent valuations of their plots, each resulting in different amounts, indicating a lack of clarity in the transaction process.

Furthermore, Miller raised concerns about the Kirima family's representatives mobilizing individual plot owners separately, causing anxiety among the residents due to the unclear criteria used to determine plot values and the lack of transparency in the overall transaction.

In response to the residents' plea, Justice Omange has scheduled the case to be mentioned on March 5, 2024.

The court papers reveal that several other cases related to the dispute over the Kirima land will also be addressed during the hearing.

"There are other matters arising from the same cause of action, that the matter be mentioned before the Presiding Judge Land Division on 5th March, 2024," the court documents state.

The residents of Chokaa remain resolute in their quest for legal redress, hoping that the upcoming court proceedings will provide clarity and fairness in resolving the dispute over their homes and land tenure.