A Jubilee top (read “very senior”) politician has arm-twisted the National Land Commission (NLC) into shelving investigations into the Lang’ata Road Primary School land-grab, the Star can report.
· In one of the most brazen land grab cases of the past 10 years, the politician called a NLC senior commissioner on Monday, hours before the commissioners were scheduled to visit the disputed site.
· The public school is situated opposite Wilson Airport and next to Weston Hotel.
· The administrators said the construction of a perimeter wall to hive off one acre of land that has served as a playground since 1963 started on December 19.
· Weston Hotel, through lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi, has distanced itself from the scandal.
· [NB: Good people, why should Senior Counsel Ahmednasir Abdullahi behave
like a gluttonous mercenary; or does he not believe in anything but making
money, money and more money? What a shame?]
· Similarly, businessman Herman Singh, who has been alleged by a number of Lang’ata residents to be the private developer behind the construction of the wall, yesterday (read Tuesday, January 13, 2015) denied any link to the saga.
· Following newspaper reports and a public outcry, a team of detectives from the NLC visited the school on Saturday January 3, 2015.
· They told the administration that the NLC top brass would visit on Monday.
· “As agreed, on Monday, we gathered here at the school, with some parents, waiting for the officials. They were supposed to arrive at 10am, but when it reached 10.30am and they had not turned up, we decided to contact them to inquire, but they kept telling us they were in a meeting,” Peter Mugo, the school head teacher, told the Star yesterday.
· “We waited until midday and the response from the NLC was the same, and, as we speak today, no further communication has come from them to explain to us why the visit was called off and when they intend to come next.”
· Contacted for comment, NLC chairman Muhammed Swazuri denied any plans to visit the site on Monday.
· “I have recalled the title deed to the land to look at it carefully and will get the information tomorrow [today – read Wednesday, January 14, 2015]. I didn’t indicate I was going there and I cannot go there without facts – so far, we are still gathering facts before we can know what to do next. Right now, I am in Tharaka Nithi, on official duty,” Swazuri said.
· Later, after speaking to the Star, the commission sent out a public notice calling on all schools nationwide to establish the status of the land they stand on, even where titles have been obtained in the names of private individuals, and furnish the NLC with the information by March 31.
· Two land sector professionals reacted to these developments – Odenda Lumumba, the national coordinator of the Kenya Land Alliance, and Ibrahim Mwathane, the Land Development and Governance Institute chairman.
· Odenda said, “It is clear the commission isn’t doing its work properly. The school is appealing for it to administer the land and manage it as a public good… And it is absurd that since the saga begun no tangible action has been taken by the commission.”
· Mwathane said: “Such cases like Lang’ata Primary offer the commission a chance to show its relevance on where they stand in protecting public land against threats of grabbing; they should use it to demonstrate what they can do.”
· Lang’ata (Road) Primary School was founded in 1963 and has sat on four acres of land until a private developer laid claim to and fenced off its playground that serves about 680 pupils!” Shocking stuff! The Star is doing a brilliant job for the voiceless poor! Well done, folks: You are spot on!
· b) NB: Our mole, good people, confirms that, indeed, the one acre piece of land, used by the poor pupils as the playground, has been carved out from Lang’ata Road Primary School and grabbed by Weston Hotel to be used as the hotel’s parking space;
· And that, indeed, Weston Hotel is owned by a “very senior” Jubilee Coalition leader (name withheld, deliberately, for now).
· Heavens above, good people, where are we heading to, if a senior leader can grab a playground from a city council school catering for the children of the poor;
· Who will save the poor from high level corruption, if a senior leader can exhibit such insensitivity and impunity;
· Who will save the poor from merciless and heartless land-grabbers, if a senior leader can conduct himself so blatantly, so callously, so contemptuously, so arrogantly, so primitively;
· Who will save the poor from unbridled thieves, if a senior leader can be so drunk with power he can do absolutely anything, anywhere, anytime??
· Whoever said that absolute power corrupts absolutely must have been a serious human being.
· Our mole states, rather ominously, that the said “very senior” leader, indeed, exhibits all the dangerous signs of the final stages of absolute power corrupting absolutely.
· God save Kenya. God save poor Kenyans. God save us all.