Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has been fighting over the ownership of the KSh 1.5 billion lands with the former director of Physical Planning John Michael Ohas.
While Ohas claimed that he was allocated the plot in 1994 by late President Daniel Moi, DP Gachagua maintained that he bought the parcel of land that is situated near the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in 2012.
Gachagua says he purchased the land for KSh24 million from Peter Nduati and Pauline Muringe who owned it through Karandi Farm ltd. He says the duo was allocated the land in 1999 for KSh 554,000.
The former personal assiatant to Rtd. President Uhuru Kenyatta however argued that officials from the Ministry of Lands fraudulently forged papers to transfer the land to Ohas and a company linked to him in 2019.
“The official took advantage of his position to transfer the title of the land to his company where he is the director and deliberately tampered with the records whereby any official search indicates that Gachagua is not the owner,” Gachagua told the court in July.
However, the second in command appears to have won the case after a senior government official maintained that the former Mathira MP was the rightful owner of the disputed land.
Senior assistant chief land registrar Nyandoro David Nyanduso revealed that the parcel of land was legally transferred to Wamunyoro Investment Limited, a company heavily associated with DP Rigathi Gachagua.
“Under these circumstances held by Columbus Two Thousands Limited ought to be canceled unless the court declared otherwise,” he said in court documents.
This becomes Gachagua’s second court case to win after he took the oath of office on Tuesday, September 13 with a section of Kenyans claiming that the DP could be using his office to determine outcomes of cases against him.