The controversy surrounding the Ruaraka land ownership took a new twist on Monday.

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Speaking on Monday, Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed revealed that the ministry does not have ownership documents.

“Concerning the land ownership, we do not have the ownership instruments neither does the school. It is a matter that has been followed even by the school principal for a long time but I would not want to say more to avoid jeopardising the investigation process,” said Mohamed.

Amina was appearing before the Senate County Public Accounts and Investment Committee.

Senators wanted to know why Sh1.5 billion compensation was paid out when it is not known if the land is private or public.

A number of senators questioned why the education ministry paid money for the land without confirming the existence of the title deed.

“How do you even purchase land in such a manner? Who knows how many other public schools are built on private lands and it is just a matter of time we have a case such as this?” Narok Senator Ladema ole Kina said.

Interior CS Fred Matiangi who was in charge of the Education docket at the time the payments were made has maintained that the law was followed.