NLC warns private developer against encroaching on school land

A piece of Land in Tumaini House School that is in dispute with a private developer. [Harun Wathari/Standard]
The National Land Commission (NLC) has declared that a Sh6 million land claimed by a school and a private developer belongs to the learning institution.

NLC coordinator Frank Kibelekenya said the 3.6 acres belonged to Tumaini House School, a Government institution in Barut.

The official said the private developer who had laid claim on the property had no papers.

“It is so unfortunate that the private developer has encroached land belonging to a school. He is currently constructing a road in the school land and we do not even know where the road is leading to and why he decided to build it,” said Mr Kibelekenya.

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The management of Tumaini House School wrote to the commission on June 25 requesting it to close the road passing within its property.

School plans

In the letter, the school said closure of the road would help them organise infrastructure and beef up security of learners and teachers.

“Board of Management of Tumaini House School requests that you help close the road between Miti Mingi Mbaruk and Miti Mingi Mbaruk as it is being constructed on school land,” read the letter school principal Anne Owino wrote to NLC.

Ms Awino noted that the road posed a security risk to students and staff.

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A resident, Grace Chelanga, told The Standard she initially owned the disputed land before selling it to the school. “I do not know who the developer is. All I know is the land belonged to my late husband. I decided to sell part of it to school,” Chelanga said.

County police commander Stephen Matu said investigation into the allegations was underway.

“We have also received information that a teacher has been threatened by the said private developer. We are looking into those claims as well," said Matu.

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