Swazuri distances himself from Weston Hotel land case
The debate surrounding the land where Deputy President’s (Dr. William Ruto) four-star Weston Hotel, seems far from over. National Lands Commission (NLC) chair, Muhammad Swazuri, has come out to say that he did not hand over the land to DP William Ruto.
Swazuri says that the decision to hand over the land to a private developer was made in his absence and signed by the commission’s vice chair.
“Through some technicalities, I was bundled out of office. I was out of office from August 13, 2018, to November 30, 2018. The rest of the Commission adjudicated on that matter during that time and made a decision in my absence. The Committee met using the proceedings of the discussions and made that determination. Now, a case made by one judge cannot be determined by another who was not there. So I really do not know the proceedings because I was not in office for two and a half months and I was not privy to the discussions that went on. I am the one who should sign, but the person who signed was the vice chair,” Swazuri said.
It was discovered by the Lands Commission that Weston Hotel had been built in public land, a piece of land that is now being claimed by Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA).
Funny enough is that the commission did not recommend for the demolition of the property, but rather, the owners to pay an additional Kes 300 million.
On the other hand, KCAA insists that Weston Hotel has to be demolished as it compromises the safety brought about by its proximity to Wilson Airport.