Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) legislators have sustained their onslaught against Deputy President William Ruto over his admission that he owns a stake in the controversial Weston Hotel.
MPs John Mbadi, Kisoi Munyao (Mbooni), Eseli Simiyu (Tongaren), Junet Mohamed (Suna East) and TJ Kajwang (Ruaraka) weighed in on reports the hotel is on disputed piece of land.
Mbadi, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) chairman, said Ruto should relinquish his post should it be established that the land belongs to Kenya Civil Aviation Authority.
"The DP should resign from his position in line Chapter Six of Constitution," said Mbadi.
Speaking at a Press briefing at Parliament Buildings yesterday, Junet and Kajwang demanded that the Weston Hotel be repossessed by the State, alleging it's becoming apparent the land where it stands belongs to the public.
Junet said just like the repossession of the former Grand Regency Hotel and Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), Weston should be taken over by the State and renamed.
"The Weston Hotel should now revert to the public and be named just like KICC and Grand Regency," Junet said.
Kajwang' said it was perplexing that the Deputy President would admit having an interest in a hotel set up on alleged grabbed piece of land on national TV.
But Munyao suggested that the National Lands Commission (NLC) should first investigate how the title deed for the land where the hotel sits was acquired before the DP is condemned.
"It's only the courts that can revoke a title deed. Let NLC first establish how the land was acquired, what process was followed and who acquired it," said Munyao.
Simiyu, who is Ford Kenya's secretary general, asked Ruto to surrender the hotel and land.
But Baringo North MP William Cheptumo (URP) came to the defence of the DP, saying while the Weston Hotel issue was a legal matter, it had now taken a political angle.
Cheptumo argued the DP had only indicated he is just one of the shareholders in the investment.
"The land in question was not directly allocated to them, rather they bought it from somebody. We know there is an agenda to portray the DP as a land grabber. This country is governed by law and we should allow the legal process to prevail," said Cheptumo.
Cheptumo, a close ally of the DP, said the politicians and the public should let NLC investigate how the land was acquired.
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