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DP Ruto bows to pressure, changes tune on Weston Hotel land ownership

Adonijah Nziwa
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Deputy President William Ruto at a past function [ Source: William Ruto/Twitter]

Deputy President William Ruto has now promised to comply with the National Lands Commission (NLC) over the ownership of Weston Hotel. 

 In an interview on BBC HARDtalk show hosted by Stephen Sackur, the second in command bowed to pressure from different factions and admitted that the property sits on illegally acquired piece of land.

He, however, said that he innocently bought the land without knowing that the land had been grabbed. 

During the heated debate, Ruto, who has expressed interest in Presidency, urged the interview not to make it appear as if the hotel occupies half of Nairobi land.

 He said that the initial owner is to blame for not complying with the requirements of the lands body when he acquired the land. He further said that there are plans to compensate Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, which has been one of the complainants in the case. 

“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," he said in part, as quoted by Citizen.

The DP also rubbished allegations that he is the most corrupt politician in the nation following a report by Ipsos. He accused the opposition of politicizing the whole story ahead of the 2022 Presidential race.

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