"Gachagua the legitimate owner of KSh1.5B land near JKIA" - Ministry officials tell court

for Tv47 Digital November 17, 2022, 11:01 AM
DP Gachagua has been declared the legitimate owner of land worth KSh 1.5B. TV47
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua. PHOTO/COURTESY

In Summary

  • Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua filed a case in court challenging the ownership of the KSh1.5 billion piece of land by Micheal Ohas.
  • Ministry of Lands officials have told the court that Gachagua is the rightful owner of the piece of land, confirming that Owas obtained the land fraudulently. 

A disputed land located near Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) legally belongs to Deputy President (DP) Rigathi Gachagua, this is according to three Ministry of Lands officials.

The officials told court that DP Gachagua is the rightful owner and not Michael Ohas who also claimed ownership of the KSh1.5 billion piece of land. 

According to Nyandoro David Nyambaso (senior assistant chief land registrar), the title deed held by Gachagua’s company, Wamunyoro Investments Ltd, was issued in 2012 and is authentic.

Fraudulent title deed

Mr Ohas' company, Columbus Two Thousand Ltd, was reportedly issued an illegitimate title deed on the same piece of land in 2019. 

“The title held by Columbus Two Thousand Ltd was irregularly issued as the title for Wamunyoro Investment was already in existence and the same had not been legally revoked and/or cancelled," Nyandoro says, in an affidavit filed before the court.

"Under these circumstances, the title held by Columbus Two Thousand Ltd ought to be cancelled unless the court declares otherwise."

The other officials who told the court that the disputed land is Gachagua's are; Wilfred Muchae (principal land surveyor attached to the office of the Director Surveys Ruaraka) and Gorden Odeka Ochieng (director, Land Administration).

DP Gachagua filed a case in July 2022 accusing the former director of physical planning in the Ministry of Lands, Ohas, of obtaining his title deed through fraudulent ways.

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