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12 arrested, 6 injured as groups clash over control of former Simmers Restaurant plot

At least six people were injured on Monday night including a journalist after two groups clashed seeking to control a plot where the once-popular Simmers Restaurant in Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD) stood.

The clash saw at least 12 people arrested over the control of the parcel of land located on Kenyatta Avenue.

Chaos erupted after police officers stormed the area while wielding guns and ordered everyone to get on the ground after aone of the group said they were the bonafide owners of the plot and had brought in an auctioneer.

The other group which was already occupying the plot also said that they were the new owners and denied the auctioneer who had hired goons access to the plot.

Police later arrested at least 12 people in an operation that led to the injuries of many including journalists.

Two machetes were recovered at the scene and were booked as evidence.

The latest turn of events came after a city businessman sought the assistance of the Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome to enforce a High Court order by kicking out over goons from the leased prime city land opposite 680 Hotel which now houses several eateries and a parking lot.

Mr James Mwangi who leased the property from a former MP Suleiman Murunga for a period of six years spanning from January 1, 2023 – to December 31, 2029, had obtained orders from Justice Oguttu Mboya and Milimani Commercial Court chief magistrate Samuel Aswan Opande restraining anybody claiming ownership of the land from evicting him or tenants from the prime property.

Mr Mwangi through lawyer Kibiru Njenga informed the IG that the orders of the court had been defied and the Officer Commanding Central Police Station (OCS) had failed to obey the orders of Mr Opande and Justice Mboya to keep away intruders into the prime property leased out by a former MP to the businessman (Mwangi).

In those court orders the Officer Commanding Central Police Station (OCS) has been directed by Justice Mboya and Mr Opande to ensure that no intruders are allowed to disturb over 10 tenants who have rented the premises.

The property houses a car park, food parlours, a coffee joint besides other businesses.