The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has moved to court to recover public land meant for a water reservoir in Nairobi County, which was subdivided and allocated to individuals and companies decades ago.
The grabbed land was hived off a 5acres piece of public land that had been set aside for the construction and expansion of a water reservoir to serve residents of Loresho, Gigiri, Spring Valley, Nyari and Kyuna estates.
The land estimated to be worth Kshs.200 million in Nairobi’s Loresho area, was hived off by then Lands Commissioner and Director of Physical Planning, subdivided into residential plots and sold to individuals more than 10 years ago.
In the petition, the anti-graft body noted that, “Sometime in 1995 and in total disregard of the pre-existing public user, the 12th Defendant (Wilson Gachanja) requested the Director of Physical Planning to prepare a Part Development Plan for residential plots on the suit property.” The case will be heard later this month.
The 5 acres land was surrendered for public use in January 1976. It has been serving as a water storage and distribution point of water from Sasumua Dam for residents since. However, in 1995, a part of it was hived off, sub-divided and allocated to individuals and companies by then Commissioner of Lands.