The chairperson of the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) Kembi Gitura has lost land located in Nairobi’s Lang’ata area.
The former Murang’a senator moved to court to in a bid to overturn a decision by the National Land Commission (NLC) revoking his title.
Gitura wanted the court to declare him the rightful owner of the land which he apparently purchased from Ramji Rama & Co. Ltd in 2008.
He told the court that he was a third party buyer and had prior to the purchase conducted a search at the Land Registry and was issued with a certificate of lease.
But Justice Loice Komingoi of the Environment and Lands court ruled that the land was indeed public property.
In her ruling, justice Komingoi observed that the land was reserved for the transport corridor for the Embakasi-Kibera Railway line and Nairobi Southern Bypass (Trans African Highway) development in 1985.
“It is not in dispute that the plan that guides development in the area shows no indications of private property in that location,” she said.
On July 17, 2017, NLC issued a notice indicating that the land in question (Nairobi/Block 72/2971) was illegally acquired.
NLC argued that the design showed no private property at the location, adding that all the 137 properties in the area were also illegally acquired by developers.
Attorney General Paul Kihara who was enjoined in the case said the NLC has power to probe how Gitura acquired the disputed piece of land and how it was converted from public to private use.