Deputy President William Ruto has finally admitted that his Weston Hotel, which occupies 0.7 hectares in Nairobi, sits on illegally acquired land.
DP Ruto who was a guest at BBC HARDtalk show revealed that he bought Weston Hotel land from its first owners who had obtained it illegally.
“Tell me about the Weston Hotel, which you own, which is worth an awful amount of money, and which is sitting on illegally acquired land,” asked Mr Sackur.
DP Ruto avoided the question by saying that the Weston Hotel saga is a big story.
However, Mr. Sackur insisted that it’s a big story and that’s why Kenyans are following it keenly.
“Not bought illegally. In fact, for the record, the National Land Commission has made a finding that Weston was an innocent purchaser for value from somebody who got it illegally, and preparations have been made constitutionally to restore that land to Kenya Civil Aviation Authority by demanding that those who sold the land to us must pay,” said DP Ruto.
DP Ruto acquired this land in 2007 at a whopping Sh10 million.