Deputy President William Ruto is reportedly looking for ways to settle the Weston land debate amicably. It has been reported.
The land located along Lang’ata road in the city has been a problem in Ruto’s political life for reasons that it was acquired irregularly.
Though reports indicated that the second in command actually paid for the parcel of land, the owners Kenya Civil Aviation Authority KCAA protested the claims citing revaluation.
And on Monday August 10th, Kenyans woke up on news by The Standard indicating the DP had, through his lawyer Ahamednasir Abdullahi, filed a suit urging the owners KCAA to allow him pay for the parcel instead again.
Though reports about this still remain scanty, the facility owners are reportedly pursuing a smooth engagement that would see them fully acquire the land through negotiations on how much it can cost.
The hotel further prays that KCAA has to exhaust the remedies which were offered by the National Lands Commission NLC over negotiations between the parties involved.
“The determination of the dispute between the petitioner and the second respondent (Weston) had already been made by a commission of competent jurisdiction.
“This, coupled with the express and mandatory provision of the Constitution of Kenya 2010, and the NLC Act that expressly provides for a detailed process of how to handle the disputes of the genre before this court. The same cannot be ignored or wished away by the petitioner herein and the court,” partly read the court papers prepared by Abdullahi lawyers.
KCAA however, defended that they only wanted back their land and nothing else. They clarified that repossession process was the only lasting solution as no compensation had been ordered by NLC as portrayed by the hotel.
“The first respondent’s (NLC) determination further is irrational and irregular, as no party pleaded for compensation. The final order also fails to account for the fixtures on the land, making the order ambiguous and absurd and incapable of implementation, KCAA defended in part.
The developments are happening amid rumours that the hotel could face demolition anytime so as the land can go back to the rightful owners.