Swazuri to CS Amina; "Table documents to show Ruaraka land is public."
SEE ALSO :Senators summon Sonko, WaiguruTabled documents “As far as the commission is concerned the land in question is private. We have tabled documents to show that. The same has been given to Parliament and EACC. If anyone has contrary information and documents let them also table theirs,” said Prof Swazuri. The NLC chairman claimed that facts about compensation for the land had been twisted by the media to force him out of office. “Some of you are expecting us to resign but we are here to do our work. It is only cowards who resign. I am here to stay and no one can make me do otherwise,” Swazuri said at a press conference during which he refused to field questions from journalists. He accused people he did not name of using the saga to settle scores with Dr Matiang’i, who is now the Interior CS and who was in charge at the Ministry of Education when the transaction was done.
SEE ALSO :2018 KCPE results to be released today“If you have issues with Matiang’i, do not use my name. Just walk across to Harambee House and ask him those questions." The NLC boss said all correspondence on the land in question showed that the rightful owner was Afrison Import Ltd and Huelands Ltd, both associated with businessman Francis Mburu. Original land He clarified that the two schools occupied 13.5 acres, being part of the original 96 acres acquired in 1984. He said in March last year, Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang asked the commission to proceed with compensation processes, but NLC wrote back informing the ministry such directions could only be issued by a Cabinet secretary in line with the Land Act.
SEE ALSO :Man jailed for 30 years scores 403 marksSwazuri said the records at the Ministry of Lands indicated that the owner had objected to the sub-division of the 96 acres by the then Nairobi City Council. "This is the letter that people are relying on to say that the land was surrendered. There was no surrender, and if somebody has that surrender, let them bring it to us," he said. The NLC chairman described claims that the acquisition process was hurriedly done as misleading. He said there was a court ruling in 2012 that confirmed the land belonged to Mr Mburu while awarding the businessman Sh4.1 billion, and that this verdict was not challenged. He claimed a parliamentary committee had already established that the land was private.