Ruaraka land tussle may lead to closure of two public schools as the matter takes a different turn

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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,14TH MAY 2018-Two public schools in Nairobi are on the verge of closure if land tussle on which they are built is anything to go by.The two schools are sitting on private land.

Appearing before   the Senate County Public Accounts and Investment Committee  on Monday, Lands Cabinet Secretary Farida Karoney said  that the allotment letter issued to Ruaraka High School and Drive Primary School 34 years ago was irregular.

More shockingly  It also emerged that the government only laid claim to the controversial land in March this year despite the fact that it has paid for several other parcels of the land.

“I can’t say whether the payments or acquisitions were irregular but due process was not followed by the government, we could have done better,” the CS said.

The CS  wente on to say that  there is no documentation of any government institution acquiring the land despite paying monies for several parcels.

The General Service Unit paid Ksh.2.4 billion for 37.5 acres, the Ministry of Transport through the Kenya Urban Roads Authority paid Ksh.800 million for 2.7 acres but they have no tittle deeds.

The move by government  to pay  Ksh.1.5 billion as part of payment in acquiring land for the two schools yet the owner is still claiming Ksh.1.7 billion made the issue to come to the lime light.

In the recent weeks the tussle has continued to elicit reactions with those claiming to be genuine owners  demanding the remaining part of the cash while government stating that it legally own the land.

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