Billionaire businessman Manu Chandaria joined hundreds of USIU students and staff demonstrating along the Thika Superhighway Wednesday, over a “grabbed” piece of land reportedly sold to a businessman by retired President Daniel arap Moi.
The demonstration caused a major traffic snarl-up on the road as they marched to Muthaiga Police Station.
USIU insists the 20-acre piece of land belongs to the institution, but a Kenyan living in the US has provided documents insisting it was recently sold to him by the former President at a cost of Sh500 million.
USIU Vice-Chancellor Paul Zeleza said the decision to hold the demonstration has been sanctioned by the management board, with notifications already done to police.
Formal complaints over the alleged grabbing were lodged at the Kasarani and Muthaiga Police Stations respectively.
Prof Tiyambe Zeleza, the VC of USIU, said the university reported the incident at Kasarani Police Station and Muthaiga Police Station but “the visit (to the police stations) did not yield any fruit.”
“We placed a Caveat Emptor Notice in the Standard on Friday July 8, 2016 notifying the general public that the land is owned by USIU-Africa and is not up for sale,” said Zeleza in a statement.
In the meantime, the University has engaged lawyers expeditiously pursue all the legal avenues available to secure the land.