Bank, land records prove Da Gama Rose owns Karen land

Lawyer Cecil Miller on Thursday sought to prove to the High Court that the controversial 134-acre property in Karen indeed belongs to Horatius Da Gama Rose.

Miller sought to establish the land’s ownership history through Barclays Bank records he said show that the land was sold to Da Gama Rose by its previous owner Arnold Bradley.

Barclays, Miller submitted, had been charged by Bradley, to dispose of the property on his behalf.

Bradley passed away in 1973 but Miller used land records to support his assertions.

The records Miller tabled before the court span from 1921 when the land was owned by Greatham Norman to 1978 when, as he argues, it was sold to the Da Gama Rose owned Muchanga Investment Limited.

Miller is to continue his submissions on March 24.

The Karen land attracted a lot of public attention in recent months when Da Gama Rose, through Miller, moved to court to seek the enforcement of an earlier order placing an injunction on any sort of development on the 134-acre prime property until its rightful ownership is determined.

A number of parties have laid claim to the land including former NSSF Managing Trustee Jos Konzolo.

Others whose names have been dragged into the land dispute are Deputy President William Ruto and Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu who some Coalition for Reforms and Democracy legislators have accused of masterminding the grab on the 134-acres which they claim is public land.

Accusations Ngilu has denied and has together with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) challenged the legislators to prove.

“I expect that those leaders who know anything about these cases and if they have any evidence, they may have to go to the relevant investigating agencies,” she said.

The presidency also weighed in on the land dispute, given the dragging of members of the Executive into the affair, asking that investigating authorities and the Judiciary be allowed to execute their mandates.

This article was published by CAPITAL FM NEWS on March 19, 2015