, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 10 – Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has petitioned for the Senate’s assistance in recovering more than Sh61.5 billion he testified is owed to the county by the Department of Defence.
Appearing before the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee on Thursday, the Governor urged Senators to effect a law outlining the procedure for amicable and fast resolution of disputes between National and County governments to avoid a lengthy and costly lawsuit.
He stated that inter-ministerial talks ordered by the President and that were to be led by the Attorney General and Treasury Cabinet Secretary, failed to launch.
“Nairobi City County is bleeding because of the debts owed. The little money they get from the government goes to payment of workers as well as other issues of running the county thus leaving no money for development,” he said.
According to Kidero, the DOD holds over 5,000 acres of land in Kayole.
The Nairobi Governor narrated how 2,000 acres were given to some people and the county was left with 3,000 acres.
The county and the Kenya Defence Forces both lay claim to the land.
The petition explained that the City Council of Nairobi bought the Embakasi land from Kayole Estates Limited in 1997 and shortly after, the Department of Defence applied to be allocated 988 acres.
Kidero stated that the application was considered and approved by the City Council on condition that DoD would pay a stand premium of Sh40 million within 30 days of allotment. “The DoD entered and took possession of the entire property without paying the stand premium.”
The Governor said that the city council filed a suit demanding to be paid Sh61.5 billion which is the commercial value of the land.
He stated that the county government has also been unsuccessful in the negotiations and this had tied up a lot of funds that could be used to develop Nairobi.