In a petition filed in court by activist Okiya Omtatah, Busia High Court has stopped 22 businessmen from grabbing Busia Airstrip.
Justice Ann Omollo while making her ruling said that the petition by Omtatah has merit and has a chance of success.
The judge further issued conservatory orders restraining the respondents whether by themselves , their servants or agents from occupying, causing any damage, cultivating, developing, converting to using, transferring or alienating Busia Airstrip land including land registering as private property under the deeds or subdivisions pending hearing and determination if the suit.
Omollo gave these orders after Activist Omtatah went to court seeking to stop the illegal and unconstitutional grabbing of the said land by the businessmen.
The activist argued that the constitutional rights of Kenyans have been gravely compromised and violated through the illegal grabbing.
Omtatah asked the court to dispose of the question of the rightful owner of the airstrip land than wait to do so in a municipality of suits saying it will be vital to the court in pursuit of justice since it presents a more comprehensive history.
A part of his petition read, “That it is overriding and overwhelming interests of justice, that it’s disposed to determine whether or not Busia Airstrip land is a public property.”
The County Government of Busia which is a party in the case argued that the respondents have fraudulently and illegally obtained turtles to the land thereby putting selfish private interests that cannot override public interests.