Nakuru County Senator Susan Kihika has strongly condemned the destruction of private property that was carried out on Sunday night.
The property belonging to Mombasa Maize millers was destroyed and vandalized from 8 PM on Sunday night one hour after the government imposed curfew. The curfew aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19 kicks off every day at 7 PM.
In a statement posted on her official Facebook page, the senator lamented the destruction of property and the disregard of the rule of law.
“Last night’s attack on and destruction of property belonging to Mombasa Maize Millers at Nakuru’s Railway Grounds is a sad reminder that the rule of law is yet to become entrenched in our County Government. The fact that the attack was carried out under the cover of darkness and past the government ordered curfew hours clearly shows that this County Government is run by people with total disregard for the law,” wrote the senator.
During the three hour attack that the County Government has since owned up to, property worth hundreds of thousands of shillings was destroyed as vehicles were vandalized and their cargo looted. It has since emerged that there is even an ongoing case about the land in question as revealed by the Senator. She added that the County Government has lost focus and should instead focus on fighting the spread of Covid-19 instead of destroying businesses.
“The County should instead direct its focus on dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and not destroying businesses left, right and centre and worsening an already bad economic situation,” lamented the Senator.
“At these strenuous times when thousands are getting laid off at their places of work, we need to protect the few available employers who are still in operation. This especially for investors in essential services like food production and processing,” she added.
In retaliation, the Nakuru County Governor has tried to explain his action claiming that the County had already issued several vacation notices to the company.
“The County Government of Nakuru took the firm action as it could not allow the selfish interest of an individual to stop construction of a public utility that will not only ease congestion in the town but create employment,” read part of the statement released by the Governor.
Senator Kihika has termed the nocturnal action regrettable and that should never again be seen in a civilized society.
“This is a regrettable action that must be addressed and should never reoccur. Let us at all times embrace civilized ways of dealing with such issues and providing a conducive environment for our investors. This was a huge step backwards particularly due to the fact that manufacturing is one of our Country’s Big 4 Agenda,” her statement concluded.