Karen land belongs to Da Gama Rose – NLC

The National Land Commission has said the disputed Sh8 billion Karen land belongs to Muchanga Investments.

The commission yesterday told the National Assembly Lands Committee that the directorate of physical planning at the ministry did not approve the subdivision of the 134 acres.

Commission chairman Muhammad Swazuri said documents in their custody indicate the land belongs to Muchanga Investments, a firm associated with businessman Horatius Da Gama Rose. Swazuri said no one has claimed ownership of the land.

He said information from Muchanga Investments shows the land was transferred in 1983, backed with the transfer documents, including relevant stamp maps and the receipts of payments made to Barclays Bank.

Swazuri said he had received a letter from the director of physical planning denying any knowledge of subdivisions on the parcel whose ownership is the subject of an ongoing court case.

"Please note that this office is not in possession of any information or record pertaining to any purported allocation or approval of developments on the land," reads the letter.

Commissioner Adan Khalif told MPs that from the records they have, the current claimants, Telesource, just picked up copies of survey and deed plans that were approved for Muchanga Investment more than 30 years ago, but were eventually cancelled in 2012, and used them for the ongoing subdivision.

Swazuri said the NLC had started investigations after receiving the complaint early last month from Muchanga Investment on the alleged grabbing of the prime property.

This article was published by THE STAR on October 29, 2014