NLC concludes hearing on contested Weston Hotel parcel

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The National Land Commission (NLC) has concluded hearings on a disputed parcel of land where the Weston Hotel is located along Lang’ata Road. According to a claim lodged by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), the property registered as L.R. 209/14372 was irregularly acquired from the agency, an acquisition they want reversed.

KCAA told the NLC that the property was initially alienated and set aside specifically for the development of KCAA headquarters. It was later lost and allocated to a private developer under mysterious circumstances. The KCAA management and the board never gave consent to surrender this title to any person.

Acting Chairperson NLC Chairperson Abigail Mbagaya however put the KCAA to task to explain circumstances under which the parcel transferred to the first allotee Monene Investment and Priority Limited who then sold it to Weston Hotel.

Documents filed in support of the KCAA application indicate that KCAA, having received the land the Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCA) under the East African Community never sought a title for the parcel. In a letter dated June 29, 1999, the Commissioner of Lands had brought to DCA’s attention the existence of an application to build a Church on the contested piece of land.

Priority Limited and Monene Investment Limited are said to have sold the land to the current owner – Weston Hotel. The hotel through Ahmednassir Abdullahi told the NLC it had acquired all requisite permits from the aviation agency which is a requirement for private developers undertaking construction projects close to airports.

[Article source: Capital FM News, by Jeremiah Wakaya]


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