Ex-Uhuru Lawyer in Trouble Over Purchase of Ksh 1.5B City Cabanas Hotel


  • Chairman of the National Land Commission (NLC) Gershom Otachi has clashed with his commissioners over the controversial purchase of the famous City Cabanas Hotel at a cost of Ksh1.5 billion.

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    The purchase of Mombasa Road headquarters – through a mandatory purchase – has turned commissioners against Otachi after it was discovered that the land was being claimed by more than one person.

    The commissioners threatened to pass a vote of no confidence in their chairman, whom they accused of failing to protect the public interest in the sale.

    At the meeting, it emerged that the NLC chairman had not disclosed to the commission that there was a court order suspending the payment of Ksh1.5 billion to Rosaline Macharia until the dispute over land ownership is resolved.

    Chairman of the National Land Commission Gershom Otachi before the Parliamentary committee on Land


    Minutes from the minutes showed that there was a lot of pressure from the Kenya National Highway Authority and the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KeNHA) to acquire land for the construction of the Nairobi Highway.

    Otachi, who well represented General Hussein Ali and participated in the trial of President Uhuru Kenyatta of the ICC, tformer commission which he had told them about the court order in January.

    Members of the commission accused him of registering the document in April and then putting it back until January.

    The pace at which the commission issued land payments raised eyebrows, given that many Kenyans are forced to wait longer for compensation.

    The land is being contested by Rosaline and Simon Ondiba, both of whom claim to have bought the land in 1994 from Kenya’s National Trade and Industry House for Ksh45 million and Ksh60 million respectively.

    Mandatory business acquisition along Mombasa Road for the construction of the Nairobi Highway will see the government pay billions in compensation.

    The government, through the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) has also planned to build a traffic control center at the airport.

    The design of the new Nairobi Traffic Management Center (TMC) has been completed, paving the way for its construction.

    CS Transmaster James Macharia inspecting the Nairobi Expressway on March 31, 2021CS Transmaster James Macharia inspecting Nairobi Highway March 31, 2021

    CS Transmaster James Macharia inspecting Nairobi Highway March 31, 2021



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