Water Ministry reclaims 2,700 acres of land allegedly grabbed by Ruto, Jirongo in Ruai
The Ministry of Water and Sanitation has reclaimed 2,700 acres of sewerage land allegedly grabbed by Deputy President William Ruto and former Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo in Ruai, Nairobi county.
The ministry said the expansive land was part of 4,400 acres which had been set aside for sewerage, storage and treatment facilities for the city of Nairobi before it was grabbed by private developers.
Water Principal Secretary Joseph Irungu said the ministry had genuine title deeds of the said land and anybody who laid claim to it would have to prove otherwise.
"All I know is that I have the mother title, I have three titles actually to this land and they add up to 1716.9 ha. So if anybody is holding a paper and claiming ownership of the land then they have to prove it," the PS told NTV.
The state said there were many numerous residential settlements next to the land built illegally by residents who had disregarded the dangers as the plant was inhabited by hippos and crocodiles.
The government gave a notice of 72 hours to the residents to vacate the property before demolitions begin on Sunday, April 26.
"This is the best site for treating sewage in the city as it naturally lies in the lowest point in the county and is the only place sewage can flow by gravity," Irungu said.
It was not the first time the DP had been linked to corruption scandals involving land.
For the better part of his political career, Ruto has found himself at the centre of widely-publicized scandals.
He was allegedly part of high-voltage land cases involving contested prime land in urban areas, or vast farms in the countryside.
Some of these included the 100-acre Muteshi farm in Uasin Gishu county, the Weston-KCAA land and the Ngong Forest land fraud case.