A Nairobi Court has stopped any planned sub-division of Kenyatta University’s land pending the determination of a petition filed by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK).
Justice Oscar Angote also blocked the government from harassing officials of the university to enforce a cabinet decision. The decision comes after Head of the Public Service Joseph Kinyua wrote to the KU Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Paul Wainaina directing him to hand over a title deed to the land.
Justice Angote directed the matter to be heard on July 27. LSK, represented by senior counsel Ahmednasir Abdullahi, told the court that the chairman of the university council Prof Shem Migot-Adholla had raised constitutional and statutory questions surrounding the planned land acquisition.
Wainaina had opposed plans to excise part of the public university’s land. 30 has been earmarked by the government to host the World Health Organization (WHO) E*******y Hub, a new facility intended to serve the region.
The government has also identified 190 acres to settle Kamae Squatters, 10 acres for the Africa Centre for D*****e Control and Prevention and 180 acres for the Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital (KUTRH). Wainaina maintained that no negotiations or consultations took place, opposing the government’s plans to hive off the land.
Wainaina has since resigned over the saga while the university council has been suspended, with reports indicating that their identified replacements were apprehensive to take over amid the push-and-pull.
Days before Wainaina resigned, President Uhuru hit out at public officials over land management, promising to deal with them ‘swiftly and effectively’, in what was widely perceived as an a****k on Wainaina.
“We have individuals who are very ignorant and behave as if they have never entered a classroom… they don’t understand that Kenya has never operated in isolation. We shall deal with those individuals swiftly and very effectively,” Uhuru stated at a groundbreaking ceremony for the WHO Hub.
The WHO hub is scheduled for completion in three years. The government has allocated 12.4 hectares (30.64 acres) and committed $5 million (Ksh600 million) for the project.