By CHRISPINUS WEKESA, published in THE STAR
The National Land Commission has said a disputed piece of land does not belong to Naka Primary School in Nakuru county. This leaves the government school with only one and a half acres. In March r, the NLC said the 10 acres had not been grabbed.
Area leaders had urged to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and the NLC to revoke the land’s title deed, claiming it was grabbed by private developers. NLC chairman Muhammad Swazuri communicated the decision in a letter to Naka Primary School, the Nakuru government and Naka residents.
The commission said the owners are Nairobi businessmen Ibrahim Issac and Adan Mursal. The businessmen told the Star they bought the land from the Pyrethrum Board of Kenya in 2010. They tabled documents to prove ownership and accused leaders, including area MP David Gikaria, of inciting the public against them.
In January, Swazuri said he had received several complaints of schools’ land being grabbed. He said NLC and the Lands ministry are processing title deeds for schools that want them. Swazuri said public schools are vulnerable to illegal acquisition and encroachment, because most do not have title deeds.