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KU opts for talks in land dispute

Kenyatta University has opted for an out of court agreement to solve a dispute that has stalled an ambitious expansion programme.

The university asked the court for two weeks to wrap up talks with Nairobi trader Stephen Mwangi with whom it is involved in a land ownership row.

The university had earmarked a section of Kamae Settlement Scheme Phase Two for the development of nine schools including engineering, medicine, economics as well as construction of students’ hostels.

Through their lawyers, the parties told the court the  negotiations were the best chance of achieving justice.

“We ask for two weeks to report on the progress of the talks,” lawyer Njoroge Rugeru for the university told Land and Environment Court Judge Mary Githumbi.

The trader had argued that he bought two plots in the disputed Kamae area in 2004 from Patrick Njuguna Njoroge.

The university, however, sent agents to the plots in August 15, 2007 who dug up trenches.

A court later issued orders restraining further development on the disputed land.

The case will be mentioned on October 21.