Deputy president William Ruto has today confirmed that he acquired the weston hotel land illegally claiming that he did’t know of its origin.
The deputy president who was speaking to bbc said that the narrative has been made for Kenyans to believe he stole half of Nairobi county by his political rivals.
Mr Ruto, however, says he is doing everything possible to ensure that the illegalities are corrected.
Ruto had in the past denied owning the langata road hotel which sits on 0.7 acres piece of land.
“Not bought illegally. In fact, for the record, the National Land Commission has made a finding that Weston was an innocent purchaser for value from somebody who got it illegally, and preparations have been made constitutionally to restore that land to Kenya Civil Aviation Authority by demanding that those who sold the land to us must pay,” said the Deputy President.
According to KCAA’s legal services manager, Cyril Wayong’o, the land where Weston Hotel sits on, originally belonged to the East Africa Community which collapsed in 1977.
Lawyer Ahmed Abdullahi who represents the DP, told the national land commissioners that Mr Ruto acquired the land in 2007 for Ksh.10 million from Priority Management Ltd and Monene Investments Limited.
NLC, in its recommendations, said they could not verify if the process of land allocation was illegal as none of the parties had presented evidence before it.
NLC, however, went ahead, to confirm that the controversial Weston land belonged to KCAA.
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