Naivasha MP Jane Kihara Stands Firm on President Ruto’s 5000-Acre Land Ownership

Naivasha Member of Parliament Jane Kihara has reiterated her support for President William Ruto’s ownership of a 5000-acre parcel of land in the Ndabibi area of Naivasha.

Addressing the public at a Baraza, Kihara condemned certain leaders for their alleged involvement in a scheme targeting unsuspecting landowners, branding them as land grabbers.

Her defense of President Ruto’s land ownership follows recent events where 19 individuals were apprehended for dismantling a concrete perimeter fence surrounding the property, resulting in damages estimated at Ksh. 2.3 million.

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Kihara asserted that the president lawfully acquired the land from former Moi-era diplomat Benjamin Kulei.

“I have come here today to address any concerns regarding a piece of land allegedly acquired by the president. If there is such a matter, let me take it directly to the president so he can address it,” stated the MP.

In a significant legal development, the high court in Nakuru ruled against Kulei’s claim to the land in August 2023, citing his failure to produce a valid land sale agreement in support of his ownership claim. Kulei had purportedly purchased the land from various individuals in 2007, who were allotted the property by the Agricultural Development Corporation.

Justice Lynette Omollo concluded that neither Kulei nor the individuals in question provided adequate evidence to substantiate their ownership claims.

In response to the land dispute, local farmers have threatened to shut down schools in the area until they receive rightful title deeds to the land.

However, Naivasha Deputy County Commissioner Mutua Kisilu challenged these assertions, urging individuals to refrain from instigating unrest.

Additionally, MP Kihara criticized those who have raised objections to President Ruto’s land ownership, emphasizing the need for respect for the presidency and adherence to lawful procedures.

The 19 individuals facing charges of malicious property damage appeared before the Milimani Law Courts for their alleged involvement in the destruction of the concrete fence surrounding the disputed land in Ndabibi on February 29.

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Ken Maasai

Ken Wakuraya is a seasoned Journalist with official accreditation from the Media Council of Kenya, possessing extensive expertise in covering political, Entertainment, and Human interest stories.

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