3 Aug 18

Back in the early 1990s, President Daniel arap Moi gave both Gor Mahia and AFC leopards adjacent peices of land at Kasarani in which to build a club-house and a training ground. Both clubs dilly dallied and the land was quickly grabbed and sold off by a well connected bigwig. Both clubs then pleaded with Moi to give them alternate pieces of land. Moi obliged and gave both clubs land, this time at Embakassi. Twenty five years on, the club has done nothing with the land. For years not much was known about the status of the land. The last reliable report about the land was back in 2008 when club officials said they could not develop the land because it was occupied by squatters. The club officials have maintained a studious silence about the status of the land. This has left fans wondering what exactly is the status of the land. Was it grabbed again? Was it sold off by unscrupulous officials?

The picture is beginning to be a little clearer thanks to research by fans who have uncovered useful information. Most notably a fan, Okil Kamaloka was able to dig up the title deed which still indicates that the piece of land belongs to the club.

Images provided by Okil Kamaloka

The location of Gor Mahia’s plot
Image courtesy of Marcel Byron

 

A previous report by Odindo Ayieko back in 2009  indicated that the land title deed number was LR9042/560

Former Club Chairman Erastus Okul spoke of the difficulty of claiming the land at the time.

“We even managed to get a title deed but now it seems it will be even more difficult to get hold of it now that squatters have put up houses there. The squatters claim they bought the land, yet they have no documents to support their argument. But they say they are not moving from there either.” said former Gor Mahia chairman, Erastus Okul.

Gor Mahia spends tens of thousands of shillings to train at Camp Toyoyo everyday and tens of thousands more to rent office space. All this is money that the club can save if they develop their land and build a training ground and a clubhouse.

 


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7 Comments.

  • Michael Odhiambo Ogolo says:

    Let’s use the handshake to get another parcel of land. After all His Excellency the President, President Uhuru muigai Kenyatta is Gor mahia fan. In fact he is the chairman of state house branch.

  • dinga says:

    Oh my… so what is the patron doing about this. Gor can get this land if it wants too. Moi got his land when squatters tried settling.

  • Nothing can stop a genuine land owner in Kenya from reclaiming his land from squatters. Once the documents are available and the authorities are notified, bulldozers and excavators will rise to the occasion at dawn with armed GSU officers. A little media coverage will be given but at the end the grabbers will migrate within a couple of hours.
    I read mischief in the silence of the EC concerning this land. Do they want to sell it secretly and share the proceeds? Are they comfortable training at Camp Toyoyo and paying thousands in training charges?

  • Jamigori says:

    The land belongs to Gor Mahia and othe EC should engage the administration to evict all squatters from our Gor Mahia land.

    We can put a club house, training center, apartment for housing the players as well as hostel for letting.

    The office need to move fast in reclaiming this land from the squatters as soon as possible.

  • ODHIS muga says:

    The earlier Gor reclaims this land the better. If our patron can facilitate this great club to get its land back and refurbish it even to the status of a pitch then this can be the most memorable legacy ever. Nairobi population is rapidly expanding unlike the land and very soon the Embakasi land will be no more (God forbid).I think Kidero has extraordinary knowledge on how to grow grass and Gor can acquire his services.

  • Wuod Suba says:

    Squatters can be removed
    As the name suggests, they are people squatting on someone’s land and the owner has all the rights to evict them.

  • James Okello says:

    I would encourage the management to take advantage of the good will on fighting corruption and deal with the issue once,