Land on Ruto's Weston Hotel was grabbed, documents claim
10 June 2015, 15:14
Nairobi - The land on which Deputy President William Ruto's Weston Hotel is built on was grabbed, according to documents attributed to former top government officials.
The Hotel and the land in which it is built on has been in the news for the last one year, with proponents claiming that the land was grabbed from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority KCAA.
Ruto though has denied the claims stating that the Hotel bought the land in a procedural manner and that there is evidence to prove so.
However, documents attributed to officials formerly of the lands ministry purport to state that the land was grabbed.
Former Transport Permanent Secretary Sammy Kyungu in a letter dated 6 January 2003 wrote to the then Lands PS Francis Baya stating that the land had been grabbed by a private developer.
Kyungu stated that the piece of land belonged to the KCAA and was needed to develop a new headquarters for the authority.
By then, the piece of land was used as a store by the KCAA and used to store some sensitive aviation equipment, according to the letter News24 has in its possession.
He also asks Baya to ensure that the land has a valid title deed and that no private developer gets his hand on the piece of land, the letter states.
The letter was copied to the then Secretary to the Cabinet Sally Kosgei, Lands Commissioner Sammy Mwaita and the then Director General of the KCAA Cyprian Kuto.
According to Ruto in a recent interview on a local television station, the Weston Land was legally acquired.
" It was bought by the Hotel legally and the documents are there to prove it," he said last week on Citizen TV.
Kenyans on social media have started a campaign to have the Hotel return the land to public hands, with a Twitter hash-tag #Rutomustresign and #Demolishwestonhotel.
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