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We didn’t grab Embakasi land, says military

The military has denied that the land on which it built the Embakasi barracks in Nairobi belongs to a businessman.

Mr Kenneth Kiptoo Boit sued the military claiming that the 988 acres on which the barracks are located belongs to him.

However, State Counsel John Moimbo said the businessman had not proven that he owned the land.

The lawyer said the allotment letter that Mr Boit held did not give him any right to the land.

Tyson Limited, a real estate company said to have valued the land at Sh40 billion, disowned the valuation report, saying the document was obtained irregularly.


“The valuation report ought not to be used to establish the petitioners claim,” managing director Bartholomew Regalo said.

A Mr D. O. Nyakundi alleged to have conducted the valuation was asked to produce original copies of the report but was unable to do so and resigned from the firm on December 31, 2014, the court was told.

Mr Boit claimed the Department of Defence forcefully took over his land and developed it.

He also claimed he requested the military not to trespass on his property but it continued to do so.

“The applicant has tried all diplomatic means to have the dispute resolved but the military started construction work, to the applicants dismay,” his lawyer, Mr Philip Nyachoti, said.

Mr Boit claimed he was allocated the land after paying Sh40 million to the City Council of Nairobi.

The hearing continues.