, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 20 – National Land Commission Chairman Muhammad Swazuri has denied reports that he declared the title deed issued to Bomet University Management Board by President Uhuru Kenyatta to be illegal.
Speaking to Capital FM News, Swazuri even denied receiving a complaint from the Bomet County Government as reported in a newspaper on Wednesday.
“I have not received any document regarding that title,” he said but declined to comment whether or not his commission would commence independent investigations.
According to the article, the Bomet County Government filed a complaint with the commission over the issuance of a title deed to the Bomet University Management; their intention being to build a stadium on the land and having already spent Sh100 million toward its construction.
Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto however declined to confirm or deny the reports to Capital FM News simply stating that he would, “no longer comment on the same.”
Acting Lands Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i is also quoted in the contested newspaper article as is State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu, denying any irregularity in the allocation of the title to the Bomet University Management Board.
Proper procedure, Matiang’i is quoted by The Standard newspaper as saying, having been followed. “The leaders preferred that the land, which had been earmarked for a stadium and ASK grounds, be used for the construction of the University College.”
According to documents the newspaper claims to have seen however, the public was not given ample notice over the planned allocation as is required by the Lands Act; the requisite period being 30 days.
President Kenyatta issued the title when he visited Bomet earlier in May on a trip that was highly politicised and seen as an attempt to quell disquiet among political leaders from the region; Ruto widely being viewed as challenging the Deputy President’s supremacy.