While USIU identifies that land as LR No 12597/2, the private developer’s title deed indicates it’s LR No 12422/19.
In this case, the university according to their title deed is the first entry but in Kiongera’s, the former President is the first entry, while he is indicated as the second.
He intends to build a shopping mall and a five star-hotel on the Sh500 million land, even as USIU Vice Chancellor Dr Tiyambe Zeleza led students in protests on Thika Road, vowing to reclaim it through the courts.
The VC said that the university acquired the land in 1999 from an insurance firm. Documents seen by Capital FM News indicate that the institution acquired the title deed eight years later, in 2007.
“The land was in our possession from 1999 when we bought it; we’ve been paying the land rates to the City County Government all along,” he said.
He called on the public to join them in reclaiming the land, which they intended to expand their current facilities.
Manu Chandaria, the University Chancellor said, “we just want our land back.”
The business mogul walked with the students for more than 16 kilometres to the Muthaiga Police Station, where they presented a petition against the alleged land grabbing.
They called on police to expeditiously investigate the matter and establish the real owners of the land.
Politician Esther Passaris, who is also a student of the university, joined the protest while calling on the government to ensure justice is delivered.
“It is sad that instead of us being in school studying, we are on the road trying to deliver a point,” she told Capital FM News. “Impunity is growing in this country. I hope the leader will be embarrassed and stop doing this.”