Kwale’s Sonrisa Resort Owner Hospitalized after Land Saga
By The COAST Reporter
A Polish investor whose tourist hotel was demolished at Galu Kinondo, Kwale, says those executing the court order destroyed the wrong section.
Speaking from her hospital bed at Palm Beach Hospital in Diani, Ms Iwona Strzelecka, enumerated destroyed property as two villas and the main building with seven guest rooms, among other things.
Her Sonrisa resort had been embroiled in a protracted court case with Mr S. K. Macharia of the Royal Media Services.
A video clip showing bull dozers flattening a huge section of the resort under supervision of police while the workers watch helplessly has gone viral.
As a consequence, Kenyans have trolled the executors of the court order and SK Macharia for the alleged inhuman manner of carrying out the exercise.
Ms Iwona, who happens to be wife of Safari rally ace Mr Azar Anwar says while the order was for eviction of persons on land Galu/Kinondo/50 her property is on land Galu/Kinondo/48.
“What we have invested in for over 10 years was put down in under two hours without any warning and without giving us even one minute to remove our belongings. I’m left with what I had on myself,” said Ms Iwona.
“There are only three villas remaining. We have lost approximately Sh200 million,” said the Polish national. She said the almost 20 guests, mostly international visitors, and 25 staff members, had to be evacuated to nearby villas.
The firm that executed the order 511 Traders & Auctioneers have since defended their actions.
The hotelier has moved to court once again.
Mr Janvan Ngunda of 511 Auctioneers said the executed order arose from a high court decree of January 6, 2015.
Then on January 25 this year the court duly granting the S K Macharia powers to evict Sonrisa from plot Galu/Kinondo 50 measuring 1.7 acres.
The dispute between Sonrisa and S. K. Macharia revolves around the border between the two plots.
Ms Iwona says whereas her title indicates her acreage as 0.9 acres, on the map the plot measures 1.9 acres.