Now DPP promises to recover stolen land

Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has vowed to recover all grabbed public land.

The statement comes days after the National Land Commission recommended that Weston Hotel, associated with Deputy President William Ruto, should pay for occupying public land.

The NLC's January 22 report, signed by vice chairperson Abigael Mbagaya, found that the hotel's management could not prove how the land was acquired.

The commission asked owners of the hotel to pay Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, based on the current market value, for its land.

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Yesterday, Mr Haji, (pictured), while witnessing the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission handover of 4.97 acres to the University of Nairobi, warned that he would not be soft on land grabbers.

Private developer

The Sh2 billion university's property in Kilimani had been grabbed by private developer indemnified as Aberdares Engineering Contractors Limited.

“We will not stop at just taking people to court, we will also ensure what belongs to the public goes to the rightful owner,” Haji said.

The university land was repossessed through Alternative Dispute Resolution, which the DPP and the EACC hailed as faster than the court system.

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EACC chief executive Twalib Mbarak said out-of-court settlement saved time and often led to amicable resolution to cases.

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Noordin HajiDirector of Public ProsecutionsNational Land CommissionWilliam RutoKenya Civil Aviation Authority