Mukhtar Ahmed, a Nairobi-based businessman dealing with electronics, paid for a full page advertisement on the Daily Nation on Wednesday, in protest of what he terms as “harassment and illegal eviction” from his business premises by the Administration Police(AP).
In the a full-page advertisement addressed to president Uhuru Kenyatta, Mukhtar, gives a detailed account of his predicament and appeals for his intervention in the matter.
According to Mukhtar, armed APs accompanied by civilians raided his shop on Nairobi’s Luthuli avenue three times, on Saturday 3rd, 4th and Monday 5th, where they made away with goods worth over Sh 20M removed doors from the business premises and brutally evicted and even assaulted him.
“Your excellency, I address to you about my plight at the hands of the Administration Police Department. I am a law abiding citizen who has been doing the electronics business for the last 35 years…,”reads the intro of the letter.
RULE OF LAW
MUkhtar also adds that despite his lawyer obtaining a restraining order, barring the police from executing any eviction, the Aps disregarded it.
“They produced a court order that was not genuine and which was definitely defective, since it had been sealed three months before the application date,” he said.
“What has happened to me in the last four days should not be happening in Kenya. The rule of law must be respected by everyone including the police,” he said.
He said the APs should have scrutinized the alleged eviction order they used to evict him before acting and also should have respected the injunction he obtained stopping the move.
He says he decided to make an appeal to the president after three senior police officers, whom he sought help from, failed to offer any assistance.