NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 13 – The private developer at the centre of a land dispute with the United States International University insists he is the bonafide owner of the 20-acres, saying he bought it from retired President Daniel arap Moi.
George Kiongera, who lives in America, says his documents are genuine and that the university could have fallen victim to land cartels, some of whom he says are staff members.
“The blame should squarely be on the legal officer who transacted on behalf of USIU, because in the land’s office, the LR number that they have on their title is completely different from LR Number in the map that indicates the physical presence of the land,” he asserted.
“They are either confused as to the physical location of their land or they are a victim of a very cruel conman ship. We all know that in that in that particular area, the certificate of titles was direct grants from the government to the allottees.”
He has already fenced off the prime land behind Balozi Estate and hired tens of youths to clear the bushes while others man the plot to keep off “intruders” after obtaining a court order.
The developer even explained how he purchased the land and the process of verification and transaction.
“I was approached sometime last year by my contact person here in Kenya, who normally seeks property for me. He told me there was a piece of land at Muthaiga North, and it is a very prime piece of land and it is huge,” he explained.
His contact further told him, “that the piece of land belonged to the former President Daniel arap Moi and I said I would be interested provided that my lawyer then, Albert Ondieki, was going to do due diligence and find that the documentation was proper and above board.”
That was in August last year and his lawyer was to approve the transaction a month later in 2015, after confirming the documents were authentic.
During this period, he said that the institution had not claimed interest in the land, until it was formally transferred to him.
“All along, way back from August 2015, until about June 2016, no one had claimed the ownership for that piece of land. It so happened after I got the completion documents and all the transfers were done to my company, I passed with my contractor with a view of securing it, but what surprised me is that I found more than 15 security guards,” Kiongera said.
“They would not even allow me to come anywhere close to the entrance of the piece of land.”
To him, the documents USIU is using to claim ownership are not genuine.
“Their title deed indicates 2007 and yet he say they bought the land from ICEA Insurance. They were supposed to be the second entry, which is not the case,” he said. “I am sorry it is not a title, it is a junk of paper.”