Thursday, 23 April 2015

Football Darling Mariga Accused Of Land Grabbing

Popular football star, McDonald Mariga has been accused of "invading into a prime plot in Embakasi area" by Hexmead Investments.

The investment group moved to court to sue the Italy-based Kenyan international footballer McDonald Mariga for illegally invading the prime plot.

According to Business Daily, Hexmead Investments has sued the Harambee Stars and Parma FC player for allegedly invading the land it claims to have bought in 1994 and for which it has a title.

The firm says it discovered that Mariga and his family had started constructing a building on the disputed property in 2008 and says they only stopped when a demand letter was sent to his father.

The developer says in papers filed at Nairobi court that the Mariga family has since returned to the contested plot with intention of resuming its development.

Hexmead wants the court to intervene and declare it valid owner of the disputed property.

“Upon receipt of the demand letter in 2008, the defendants stopped construction on the suit property. In 2010, the defendants again wrongfully entered a portion of the land and have threatened to proceed with construction work they abandoned earlier,” Hexmead property manager Lawrence Karuri said.

The Mariga family is yet to respond to the suit or even appear in court. Although Hexmead says in court that it has served Mariga’s parents - Noah and Mildred - with the court papers at their New Kariokor home, but they have not responded to the suit despite undertaking to do the same.