NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 17 – Retired President Daniel arap Moi and the late Nicholas Biwott ex-Cabinet Minister) have lost five parcels of land in Eldoret Town after the High Court ruled that they are public property.
Justice Anthony Ombwayo said the parcels where the High Court in Eldoret stands as well as the fire station, an Administration Police camp and the district hospital were not available for alienation as they were public property.
The judge said the titles held by Lima limited were null and void.
Justice Ombwayo added that the creation and registration of a charge over those parcels was null and void and that the registration of Lima Limited as the lessee stands cancelled.
While the hospital, the High Court, the fire station and the AP camp still occupy the same parcels, the Judiciary took over some of the houses and put up the Children’s Court and the Environment and Land Court.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission moved to court challenging the title issued to Lima Ltd arguing that its allocation was illegal.
The parcels were allocated to Lima limited between 1995 and 1998.
The defunct Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case in 2006 seeking to find out whether the land was set aside for public utility and whether they were validly alienated.
According to the EACC, the land sandwiched between Uganda Road, Oginga Ogina Street, Elgeyo Road and the road connecting Uganda Road at Zion Mall Junction was reserved for public utility.