Kenya’s top HIV/AIDS vaccine researcher Professor Omu Anzala has been caught in an ugly and embarrassing row with his Runda Evergreen estate neighbour over leaf-shedding boundary trees he is reluctant to cut and or trim to the neigbour’s expectation.

Following various requests in vain, his neighbour Mrs Grace Mungai came calling at Cofek in early January.

Cofek intervention saw Prof Anzala reluctantly cut and trim some of the offending trees. But Mrs Mungai felt that the professor of micro-biology had done enough. This is how it unfolded as told by Mrs Mungai;

It is with a lot of frustration and anguish that I write this email due to the stress my neighbour's  trees have caused my family and I for quite some time now – by my next (door) neighbour in Runda Evergreen.

Omu Anzala is a Professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology at the University of Nairobi and Director of KAVI – Institute of Clinical Research (KAVI - ICR) ,has these trees on our common boundary which happens to border my driveway.  

These trees which include umbrella, avocado trees and others shed a lot of leaves and fruit on my driveway.

For a period of not less than three years we have literally begged him to deal with the offending trees in vain. Many are the times when he has given us empty promises.

Then when we ask him again he claims that National Environment Management Authority (Nema) told him not to cut them. He also claims that he did not plant the trees, since they were existing when he bought the plot - so we wonder whom should we ask?  

I incur an expense of Sh400 per week to have the driveway cleared of leaves but also weeded due to the seeds from the trees that start growing in between the Cabro block cracks.

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