COURT GIVES DP RUTO A MONTH TO RESPOND IN WESTON CASE.

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JACOB JUMA
Cortec Mining Director Businessman Jacob Juma keenly following the directions issued by Lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi case which businessman Jacob Juma is seeking the revocation of a title deed of a hotel linked to Deputy President William Ruto at Milimani law courts.
BY SAM ALFAN.
High Court has directed respondents in the Weston Hotel land to file their responses within 45 days.
Justice John Mutungi ordered Priority Limited associated with Deputy President William Ruto to file the response before businessman Jacob Juma who is the petitioner replies in 15 days.
“Respondents are hereby given 45 days to file their response while the petitioner is given 15 days to reply before the case goes to full hearing,” the judge said.
In the suit, Priority in which Ruto admitted in a TV interview that he owns shares has been named as the fist respondent while Munene Investment and Weston Hotel Ltd have been named as the second and third respondents.
While appearing on Citizen TV’s The Big Question, Deputy President William Ruto said that he owned shares in Weston Hotel but distanced it from the Langata Road Primary School land grabbing scam.
“I have interests in Weston Hotel. I own shares there,” said the DP.
The Attorney General, National Land Commission, EACC and Kenya Civil Aviation Authority have been named as the fourth, to the seventh respondents respectively.
Juma is seeking the revocation of the title deed of the hotel saying its land was set aside for the Directorate of Civil Aviation, now the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority.
In court documents, he says stores measuring 0.77 hectares were initially in the site housing sensitive air navigation equipment and spares belonging KCAA.
Juma says the grant issued to Priority Limited and Munene Investments by the Lands commissioner breached public trust when he allotted the property on August 30, 2002.
He adds that KCAA intended to build its headquarters there before the change of ownership.
“A development plan had been prepared by the Lands commissioner on January 10, 1991, before the land was transferred to Weston Hotel on June 13, 2007,” Juma says.
He says the title deed of the land should have been issued to KCAA to safeguard ownership.
“I aver that the allotment and registration of the suit land to the first and second respondents was done in breach of public trust, the constitution and the law,” Juma says.
He attached letters from the then Transport Principal Secretary Francis Muthaura and his successor Sammy Kyungu, warning that private developers were eyeing the property.
He says Weston Hotel used the prime property strategically located opposite Wilson Airport to secure a Sh485 million loan from Kenya Commercial Bank therefore unjustly enriching itself from public property.
Juma wants the DP forced to demolish the hotel and surrender the title deed to NLC for cancellation.
The case will be mentioned on September 30 for further directions..

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