Ruaraka land has no Title Deed,CS Amina says


Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed
Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed appearing before the Senate Committee probing the Ruaraka land saga. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed has also questioned the haste in which a Nairobi businessman was paid Ksh.1.5 billion for the controversial Ruaraka land.
  • Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiang’i,  who was in-charge of the education docket at the time payments for the parcel of the land in question were made however maintains that the law was followed.
  • Emerging details also point at senior government officials who either through acts of commission or omission aided the loss of billions of shillings.

The Ruaraka land saga is turning out to be one of the most convoluted cases, with twists and turns that have put top Ministry of Education, Treasury and National Lands Commission (NLC) officials on the spot.

Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed has also questioned the haste in which a Nairobi businessman was paid Ksh.1.5 billion for the controversial Ruaraka land.

Speaking while appearing before senators on Monday July 23, Amina revealed how the Ministry had to seek an alternative source of funds to pay businessman Francis Mburu because the compensation had not been budgeted for.

Her tone and body language during the grilling seemingly suggesting disappointment in how the process had been conducted even as Senators sought to understand why the process was hurried.

“Was it so urgent in 2017 when the school has been there for 30 years? Its something myself do not understand… The letter from the chair of NLC says we should urgently compensate…. I had the same question in mind,” queried CS Amina.

Senators further wondered how the Ministry of Education paid money for the land without confirming the existence of the title deed.

” We do not have the ownership instruments neither does the school…It’s a matter that has been followed even by the school principal for a long time,” said CS Amina.

Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiang’i,  who was in-charge of the education docket at the time payments for the parcel of the land in question were made however maintains that the law was followed, but CS Amina seemingly disagreed with her predecessor.

According to CS Amina, the fact that the compensation process was initiated by the chair of NLC Mohammed Swazuri points to an irregularity.

“This process should ordinarily start with the Ministry of Education or the Courts if the claimant would have gone to court,” noted CS Amina.

Emerging details also point at senior government officials who either through acts of commission or omission aided the loss of billions of shillings.

In January, businessman Francis Mburu was paid Ksh.1.5B by the Ministry of Education, through the National Land Commission, as compensation for the 13.5 acres parcel of land, on which Ruaraka Secondary and Drive Inn primary schools are built.

But how quickly the money was shared out, with Ksh. 930M being deposited in the bank account of Champions Kenya Limited headed by Mburu’s ally John Mutwiri for onward distribution to other companies and individuals within 20 days raising questions.

The EACC has been probing the matter and has since put on the spot those who handled the compensation process.

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