A company associated with Deputy President William has been sued by a businessman who wants the prime land located in Ruai and which it allegedly grabbed be returned to the public.
Billionaire businessman Jacob Juma has filed a case to reclaim the land grabbed by Renton Company which is believed to be owned by the Deputy President but registered under the names of proxies. The case has been certified urgent by Justice Weldon Korir and the respondents given two days to submit their replies.
The court wants the company, Nairobi City County, National Land Commission, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Â and the Attorney General to explain how the prime land, valued at 1.5 billion shillings, changed hands from public to private.
In the suit papers certified as urgent by the high court, Mr Juma wants the court to revoke the titles andÂ order permanent injunction on the land.
The Petition has been filed. Certified urgent by Justice Weldon Korir. Fixed for inter-parties hearing on 26/2/2015. pic.twitter.com/0nrGkQj0H9
â€” jacob juma (@kabetes) February 23, 2015
Aware of the political ramifications of the suit, Juma has gone out of his way to explain the background of the suit, attesting that it is the duty of citizens to protect embezzling of public utilities by individuals for private gain. Juma wants the court to declare the rights of Nairobi residents to a clean environment has been threatened as the grabbed land was earmarked for construction of a sewer. The business man is not new to controversy as he has been at the centre of a high stakes litigation during the Erad case in which he sued NCPB for damages amounting to millions of shillings. In late 2013, again, Juma sensationally accused Mining CS Najib Balala of soliciting bribes from him to avoid cancellation of his company’s mining licence. At that time, his company had just discovered the mineral wealth of South Coast ran into trillions of dollars. He has revealed Balala because he had stopped bribing public officers. Â
Balala was a victim of my changed business etiquette. He came to my life when i had already hit the brakes on bribery. Too bad for him. â€” jacob juma (@kabetes) February 23, 2015