Land cartels in Nairobi are proving to be fearless with organised gangs in the sector defrauding Kenyans millions of money.
The four-way fight started in August, 2016, when Dr Kiongera tried to develop a piece of land, leading to a fight with USIU-A.
Soon after the two parties went to court, Mr Mwangi also emerged and laid claim to the property.’
The United States International University-Africa (USIU-A) claims that it is the legitimate owner of the eight-acre piece of land worth Sh500 million which businessman George Kiongera insists he bought from former president Daniel arap Moi.
Dr Kiongera even sued Riley Services Limited for allegedly trying to grab the land, and obtained a temporary court order barring the firm from interfering with his occupation.
Mr Daniel arap Moi has however denied selling the 20.3-acre piece of land in Muthaiga, Nairobi, to businessman George Kiongera.
This adds to the confusion in the already complex battle over the ownership of the property, which is also claimed by the United States International University-Africa and Equity Bank CEO James Mwangi.
The retired president says he has not sold the land, and that Dr Kiongera, Mr Mwangi and the USIU-A were conned. In fresh filings, Mr Moi has accused Mr Andrew Sunkuli, a brother of his former aide, Mr Julius Sunkuli, and lawyer Samson Omwanza Ombati, of selling the prime land without his consent.
The transfer papers produced in court by Mr Mwangi’s firm, Muthaiga Luxury Homes Ltd, show that he bought the land for Sh300 million in 2012, with Mr Ombati acting on behalf of Mr Moi.
The lawyer and his firm, Omwanza & Nyasimi Company Advocates, are being probed for fraud by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) following a complaint by Mr Mwangi’s Muthaiga Luxury Homes.
“Mr Moi, therefore, claims that he is the proprietor of the parcel of land and continues to be in possession thereof as from the date that he purchased the land up to date. Mr Moi disputes having sold the suit property to Mr Mwangi or to any other person to the exclusion of Mr Mwangi or any other person,” Mr Moi’s lawyer Fred Ngatia says.
The claim has seen Dr Kiongera move for joinder of another law firm, Ochieng, Onyango, Kibet & Ohaga Advocates (OOOK Law). He says OOOK Law partner Jinaro Kibet attested to witnessing Mr Moi sign documents showing he bought the land for Sh500 million.