Twenty three title deeds belonging to the military but which were allocated to companies and individuals in the posh suburb of Karen, Nairobi have been revoked.
In a gazette notice published on Friday, the Registrar of Title Deeds in Nairobi C. S Maina stated that the plots belong to the Department of Defence.
“Under the circumstances and in view of the public need and interest, the government revokes the titles… as the above land was reserved for the Department of Defence, Karen,” he said.
The registrar added that the allocations were illegal and unconstitutional saying that though they were allocated to private developers, the government has since noted that the land was set aside for public purpose.
The Kenya National Defence College, which was established in 1992 to train senior military officers and their equivalent from selected friendly countries, and the Defence Staff College are located on the disputed Karen area.
Due to their prime locations, private companies and individuals whose titles have been revoked now stand to lose millions.
A search by the Nation at the Nairobi City Council rates office revealed that some plots did not have arrears, an indication they were most probably in use.
A plot LR number 17864/4 owned by Charwins Limited was one of the plots identified without any arrears. The details of the companies and individuals correspond with the records at City Hall.
Using the SMS service provided by the lands ministry, the Nation team was able to establish that the names of the companies were corresponding with records at City Hall.
Other individuals and companies bound to lose their property include Guni Omar and Halima Mohamed. Kenmac Trading Company, Nicholas Karani and Henry Maina also own some of the disputed property.
The registrar also cancelled other grabbed titles in Kitale which were reserved for Mt Elgon Hospital.
The Paul Ndung’u led Commission on Illegal and Irregular Allocation of Public Land, established that property owned by state bodies had been illegally allocated to individuals and companies.