EXPOSING JUBILEE’S BLATANT LAND GRAB OF PUBLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL PLAY GROUNDS
By Eliud Owalo
This morning, I visited the Langata Road Primary School in Langata Constituency, Nairobi on a fact finding mission with a view to ascertaining the circumstances in which the School playground has been grabbed by an alleged private developer.
I learnt from the School Management, who seem to be operating in an atmosphere of state-instigated fear; that the playground has been grabbed by the nearby Weston Hotel through proxy for purposes of putting up a car park.
I have further learnt that the Hotel, which is associated with a prominent politician within the Jubilee Government, hatched the plot to grab the Land towards Christmas day last year and completed the fraudulent transaction within a matter of days through the connivance of the relevant state organs.
The Land was first fraudulently and irregularly allocated to a former Nairobi Mayor,then transferred to a businessman of Asian origin before being finally transferred to the Weston Hotel in a matter of days to create the perception that the hotel has bought the Land from the open market. Fencing of the plot was subsequently undertaken in a span of four days,with the construction works being undertaken both day and night under the supervision of hired armed thugs.
Both the Nairobi County Government and the National Land Commission are aware of the fraudulent and irregular transaction, yet are unwilling to come to the rescue of the school due to political pressure from the top echelons of the Jubilee establishment.
This level of impunity is unacceptable within the context of the current political and constitutional dispensation. It is political bad manners for holders of high political offices to use their power and influence to grab public facilities. I will work with other progressive forces to ensure that the irregular allocation and grabbing of the School Play ground is nullified. This historical insatiable lust for public Land by certain politicians which is well-documented must be put to a stop once and for all.