Ntimama in court over illegeal sale of Nairobi Conut property
05 February 2014, 17:51
Nairobi - Veteran
politician William Ole Ntimama has denied authorising the alleged illegal sale
of government owned houses to individuals in 1993 while the local
in a case which the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission filed in 2007 in an
attempt to retrieve already sold Nairobi City Council owned houses, the former
Cabinet Minister said he did not approve the sale of houses on a piece of land land measuring
34.63 ha of the now Nairobi Woodley estate.
KACC alleges that
houses were purpotedly sold without consent of the minister , without a
resolution of the Council as well as the Commissioner of lands to transfer the
said houses to 48 private individuals including Mr Musalia Mudavadi.
Mr Ole Ntimama
who served for nine years in the local government ministry in his over 25 years
in the cabinet, said he was aware of the procedure undertaken by that ministry
in the disposal of property which the Nairobi City Council ought to have
“I did not
approve sale of property in Woodley estate, the Nairobi City Council had the
right of selling or doing anyting to the houses provided a resolution had been
passed, there was no specification on what they were going to do with Woodley
estate, ” Mr Ntimama said.
Mr Ntimama was
referring to a letter dated September 22, 1993 of an alleged resolution
made by the defunct Nairobi City Council that allowed the disposal of the
houses for rehabilitation in estates such as Woodley, Ziwani, Bahati, and
Kaloleni which required his authorization.
He said that the
approval procedure was that the Nairobi City Council was required to hold
meetings to discuss the issue and then the details were forwarded to the
Permanent Secretary of the local government ministry.
He ponted out
that it was only in rare occasions when the minister made an approval of that
kind and that from the meeting resolution, the disposal of the houses project
was meant to rehabilitate and refurbish Council houses.
came into my focus at all, approval was for the identification detailing what
we were going to do with the housing estates not particularly Woodley, I
approved the resolution with the Council on clarification with refurbishing, I
didn’t approve Woodley,” he said.
Ntimama who was
first elected as member of parliament in 1988 and is the the third witness to
testify, said his key responsibility as the local government minister was to
make sure the Nairobi City Council ran properly in accordance with regulations
He also said the
local authority had the powers to sale, donate repossess any land or property
examination, he said he was aware of public discussions and debates in
parliament of the alleged sale of Woodley estate when parliamentary reports
were presented as evidence of his alleged authorization.
In 1993 the
Nairobi City Council embarked on selling houses in various estates in Nairobi
to 108 individuals when Ms Zipporah Wandera was the City Clerk.
There were wide
reports dubbed the ‘housing scandal’ in the public dormain and in parliament
where there were calls for Mr Ntimama to resign with regards to the mode of
acquisition of individual properties of the now Woodley estate to Joseph
Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.