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Government Clears The Air On Claims About Demolition Of Ruto's Weston Hotel

Deputy President William Ruto-owned Weston Hotel. [Source/The Star]

The government has denied it has issued a notice to repossess land on which Deputy President William Ruto's Weston Hotel is built.

A purported gazette notice from Cabinet Secretary in charge of the Ministry of Land and Physical Planning Farida Karoney went viral on Tuesday indicating Weston Hotel and other 13 pieces of land illegally allocated to private developers will be reclaimed.

Deputy President William Ruto. [Source/WSR]

"Persuant to the review of the Sectional Properties Act, 2020 and in line with President Uhuru Kenyatta's fight against graft, the ministry will reclaim public land, including from government officials and beneficiaries of all illegal allocations," read part of the notice.

Other pieces of land in the viral notice included 13 acres at Kariobangi Sewerage Treatment Plant, 34 acres at Directorate of veterinary services in Kabete, 4.3 acres at Karura Reservoir off Kiambu Road among others. 

A section of Weston Hotel. [Source/Tuko News]

A statement posted on the Ministry of Land official Twitter account termed the notice aa fake and asked Kenyans to ignore it. 

"Please note that the purported notice below that has been doing rounds on social media is FAKE. Official communication from the Ministry is shared through its VERIFIED social media accounts and/or those of the Cabinet Secretary Farida Karoney," the statement read. 

In 2019, Ruto admitted the land on which his multi-million hotel along Lang'ata Road sits was acquired illegally but said he was not to take blame since he bought it innocently.

“Not bought illegally. In fact, for the record, the National Land Commission has made a finding that Weston was an innocent purchaser for value from somebody who got it illegally," he told BBC Hardtalk.

Ruto, through his lawyer Senior Counsel Ahmednasir Abdullahi, has been negotiating with the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) to determine how much he will pay so he can acquire the land legally. 

The second-in-command demands that those who sold the land to him must pay since he will be paying for the second time for the land if the government accepts his offer.

Ruto's lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi. [Source/Citizen TV]

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