Help me save my business, man tells Uhuru
A Nairobi-based businessman, Mukhtar Ahmed, took out a full-page advertisement in the Nation Daily newspaper on Wednesday to protest against the police for an illegal eviction at his business premises.
Ahmed alleged that the Administration Police (AP) raided his shop on Luthuli Avenue three times since Sunday.
“…Your Excellency Mr. President…” begins a letter splashed in the newspaper. It’s a page that illustrates the frustrations of Ahmed who in the letter, introduces himself as a law abiding citizen and has been in the electronic business for the last 35 years.
Frustrated, Ahmed narrates about his plight at the hands of AP officers who stormed his business premises located along Nairobi’s Luthuli Avenue Sunday.
“A group of 10 administration police officers accompanied by 30 civilians pounced on my businesses and took away goods worth 20 million shillings,” he said.
He added saying that the officers produced a ‘fake’ court order and which was definitely defective, as it had been sealed three months before the application date.
As the raid continued, a confrontation between the owner of the building and Ahmed erupted as the owner alleged that Ahmed had refused to pay rent.
According to the owner, Ahmed had been issued with a court order to pay his rent areas but he had not adhered to it.
“Don’t we have rights to our properties? Is he the only one with rights? This is serious and we will not allow him to go on. We need our property back,” the annoyed owner said.
“He has not paid rent for two years; his areas have now reached Ksh5 million,”
On the other hand, Ahmed said that his lawyer arrived with a court order restraining anyone from interfering with my occupancy of the said premises.
“We have been tenants for more than 30 years and they’ve tried to evict us for 7 years. There was a case in High Court which they lost, now they want to play more key tricks”.
Ahmed, in his letter to the President, named top police bosses who did little to help despite his desperate pleas including. Among those listed are the AP Commandant Nairobi area and the personal assistant to the Inspector General.
A cross read in his letter screams “Mr. President please return to me, my 35-year-old business.
Following the publication, Ahmed was summoned to the office of the Inspector General where he recorded a statement Wednesday.
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