USIU stages demonstrations over alleged grabbing of the varsity land

USIU protests

The United States International University (USIU) – Africa’s fraternity Wednesday took to the streets to protest the alleged grabbing of the institution’s land.

Led by USIU Chancellor Manu Chandaria, the protesters staged a demonstration along Thika Super Highway following allegations of attempts by a private developer to grab the institution’s land.

USIU protests

The land tussle has seen retired President Daniel Arap Moi’s name dragged into a bitter dispute over the ownership of the 30-acre parcel of land valued at more than two billion shillings.

USIU Vice Chancellor Tiyambe Zeleza insists that the university is the legitimate owner of the land in dispute.

USIU protests

The university further says it bought the land from an insurance firm 17 years ago further displaying a title deed LR No. 38524/2.

However, Dr George Kiongera, the Director of Maestro Connections Health Systems Limited, says he acquired the prime land from the retired President and completed all transactions last month.

Kiongera has in his possession documents that also appear to show that Moi indeed transferred the same piece of land to him on the 3rd of June 2016. However, the documents show a different land number as LR No. 12422/19.

A search at the Lands Registry by Citizen TV on Tuesday showed the land was first allocated to Moi by the government in 1980 and the current records also show the land belongs to Maestro Connections Health Systems Limited.

The 30-acre parcel of land now stands at the centre of controversy between United States International University and retired President Daniel Arap Moi’s family.

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