In Summary
  • The massive grabbing came to light during an inquiry into another land meant for the construction of a road (E1507).
  • The road was supposed to be 18 metres wide, but had been reduced to 10 metres, and some of the grabbers were demanding compensation.

  • Rogue officials of defunct Kikuyu Town County Council facilitated illegal sub-division and processing of title deeds.

A former Member of Parliament and a lawyer are among people said to have grabbed land meant for public use and who have refused to vacate despite the National Land Commission (NLC) revoking title deeds in their possession.

Last year, NLC, in a Kenya Gazette notice dated July 17, announced that it had revoked title deeds for 46 plots (Muguga/Gitaru), which were issued after illegal sub-division of more than 10 acres of land. The said land is in the outskirts of Kikuyu town in Kiambu County.

PUBLIC UTILITY

The commission says that the land, which would currently fetch Sh600 million, is “public utility land for county commissioner’s office, roads and County Government of Kiambu.”

NLC said the reason for revocation of the title deeds was that the land, part of which currently hosts private businesses, a private school and churches, “(is) vested in national and county governments for re-planning to accommodate public utilities and bona fide allottees.”

PRIVATE DEVELOPERS

The massive grabbing came to light during an inquiry into another land meant for the construction of a road (E1507) — which was an addendum for the Southern By-Pass — by private developers, following complaints from residents to the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA).

The road was supposed to be 18 metres wide, but had been reduced to 10 metres, and some of the grabbers were demanding compensation, a matter that saw the NLC invited to interrogate the issue.

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