All rights reserved. The company has also contested KCAA demands for revocation of the title deed, arguing that the authority is motivated by ulterior motives. The agency filed the case to challenge the deal brokered between NLC and the owners of Weston Hotel. It was built in Lang’ata over 10yrs when Tinga (Mr Odinga) was area MP & PM,” Mr Ruto wrote on Twitter, a day after the ODM leader had asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to order the hotel demolished and the owners of the property prosecuted. In the case filed in June, KCAA said NLC did not have the jurisdiction to preside over the complaint on compensation for the land, and wants the hotel demolished and the property handed back to it. The deed plan on Pridegrove's title deed however sold out the attempted grab. Mr Osero and politician-cum-businessman Patrick Omani Nyamweya each own half of the firm's 5,000 shares. But the IR number, 89671, that appeared on Pridegrove's title deed had already been allocated to another piece of land on Lang'ata Road, then owned by Priority Limited but currently hosting Weston Hotel. The Deputy President did not, however, respond to the fact that various other government reports have stated that the land on which Weston stands was irregularly transferred from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority to private hands. Copyright © 2020 Nation Media Group. This story first appeared in the Business Daily, Nairobi News is now available on Telegram. Deputy President William Ruto has linked the court bid to demolish Weston Hotel to the 2022 ... Abuja, Johannesburg, Nairobi and Washington DC. Justice Bor ruled that Southfork had proved its case and allowed the firm to repossess the prime property. Nairobi News is the most trusted website in Kenya that provides the latest breaking news, entertainment news, sports news, showbiz and celebrity stories. The deed plan annexed to Pridegrove's title was disowned by the director of survey," City Hall said in its response to the suit. “NLC had no powers to review grants and dispositions by January 25, 2019, which is more than one year eight months late. RIGHT: The Weston Hotel in Lang'ata. The firm's attempts to renew the lease almost saw it lose the 2.7 acre property, whose current value is in excess of Sh1.3 billion. Please try again later. will also keep you hooked with memes, gifs and funny videos. A deed plan shows intended use and is signed by the Director of Survey. For handpicked stories every day, subscribe to our channel today. "There were no records at the lands office pertaining to Pridegrove's title. KCAA has filed a suit in court seeking to reclaim the land and has opposed a deal between Weston and the National Land Commission (NLC) for the hotel to compensate the authority so that it can continue occupying the land. Get the latest in African news delivered straight to your inbox. The property number of the land on which Deputy President William Ruto's Weston Hotel is built was used to irregularly acquire a 2.7-acre parcel of land in Westlands, Nairobi. PHOTO | GRAPHICS, Uhuru comically tears into DP Ruto as Raila watches unamused – VIDEO, A flower was uprooted from my garden and it cannot be replaced – Baby Pendo’s mother – VIDEO, DP Ruto, Raila lead Kenyans in wishing Uhuru happy birthday – VIDEO, Nairobi MCAs rally support for BBI report, Sonko tells off Kidero over drug dealing claims, Arsenal fans’ joy as FA Cup in tour of Nairobi. Southfork had specified that it was not interested in financial compensation for the grab, but simply wanted its property back. All rights reserved. While it has a been established that Weston's land was grabbed from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority in 2002, Mr Ruto's establishment is in court fighting the KCAA's attempts to recover the prime property. But Justice Bor ruled that during Southfork's application for lease extension, the open-space issue did not arise, so it would be unfair to now alienate it as such. number that had already been allocated to the Weston land. It then ordered the company to compensate KCAA. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us. Deputy president William Ruto and the Weston hotel. Copyright © 2020 Nation Media Group. 89671 is registered against L.R. City Hall further confirmed that the land had only one previous owner, Sky Properties, which legally transferred it to Southfork in 1994. Attack on Tanzanian Town by Mozambique-Based Militant Group. KCAA said under section 14 of the NLC Act, the commission’s mandate to review grants and terms of public land expired five years from commencement date of the Act, which was May 12, 2012. Pridegrove denied grabbing Southfork's land. This suggests deliberate delay by the NLC to frustrate the KCAA,” reads part of the pleadings filed in court. When Southfork surrendered its title deed to the Lands commissioner during its application for a government lease extension, a new ownership document was created and registered to Pridegrove. The company has further stated that the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority has no “worthy evidence,” to claim ownership of the land hosting hotel associated with Deputy President William Ruto. As Mr Ruto prepared to defend his ownership of the Weston land in April last year, Justice Kossy Bor was delivering a judgment on the Westlands property, which had been in court for 12 years. Notably, in 2003, one year after Southfork had paid all the requisite fees to City Hall, and as the firm awaited the approval of its application, the Commissioner for Lands wrote to Nairobi's Director of City Planning to object to the government lease extension. Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. AllAfrica publishes around 900 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. Nairobi News is the most trusted website in Kenya that provides the latest breaking news, entertainment news, sports news, showbiz and celebrity stories. In documents filed in court, Priority Limited says the title to the land was obtained in good faith, is legitimate and cannot be faulted through the petition or any other case. Records at the companies' registry seen by the Nation indicate that Pridegrove Investments Limited was formed on June 6, 2010. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct. 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