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Identity of developer in Lang’ata land row remains a mystery

The private developer who fenced off land adjacent to Lang’ata Primary in Nairobi has not come out to claim it even after controversy over its ownership sparked off last week.

The National Land Commission has not received any formal claim as investigations continue.

Officials at City Hall have also avoided contact with the Land Commission.

The wall at the school remains intact and would most likely block pupils from entering the playing field once the teachers’ strike is resolved.

In a statement, the commission on Wednesday moved to dispute media reports that an ongoing probe is being compromised by powerful people in the government.

“The commission launched investigations and a review will be carried out in due course to establish the propriety or legality of the said land,” said the commission’s Director of Communications Khalid M Salim.

REVOKE TITLE

The title may be revoked if investigation is concluded and the findings are in favour of the school.

According to title documents, the land is registered in the name of Airport View Housing Limited and was acquired in 1999 under Grant No LR 84565.

The company had initially acquired another four hectares in the area in 1989 for a 99-year lease.

The developer then delineated parcel LR No 209/12848 and annexed it to Land Survey Plan No 2085562.

In his letter, the company’s lawyer, Mr Chege Njoroge, admitted that parcel LR No 209/12256 was amalgamated and only sub-divided into three (LR No 209/11296/ 1-189, LR No 209/11296109 and LR No 209/) and titles issued.

Investigations, however, revealed that the school has an allotment letter issued in 1975, but no survey was done.

Mr Njoroge said the developer would not react to claims as yet and was waiting to be served by the National Land Commission to make submissions.