Detectives from Nairobi have written to City Hall’s Lands Department investigating the ownership of a disputed piece of land in Parklands area after businessman Daniel Kimani complained of losing Sh7.4 million during the processing of the title deed.
The land that measures 0.45600 hectares is registered as LR 209/4593/5 Parklands Road -Westlands, just opposite the Parklands Police Station.
Kimani claimed that Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko’s Economic Advisor Githende Gachanja and his Personal Assistant Daniel Mwangi Gatambo conned him of the cash in 2019.
Documents show that the land was initially allocated to Alex Caetang Lactancio De Sousa in 1954 for a lease of 48 years and eight months.
But the businessman told police that Gachanja lied to him that a Lactancio died and left his cook behind who took over the land. The ‘cook’ was unable to renew the lease and process the title hence the land reverting to the County Government.
Gachanja and Gatambo told Kimani that they would facilitate the renewal of the lease and change the title to one of the Companies associated with Gachanja.
They agreed to later sell the land and share the proceeds where Kimani was to pocket Sh15 million.
“I was told that the MP Shah Hospital wants to buy the land to use it as a parking lot. Gachanja took me to his office at City Hall and told me to give him the money to facilitate the transactions,” Kimani said.
But other documents show that the Nairobi City County Planning Technical committee met on 04/04/2019 where it recommended approval for lease renewal to the National Land Commission.
“After I gave out the cash, I later realized that the documents I was shown were fake. I realized I had been duped. I demanded my money back and Gachanja has been lying to me,” Kimani told the police.
Gachanja promised to pay him back on 12th June 2019 but has been lying since and sometimes not responding but Gatambo claims that the deal has just delayed but it is is genuine.
He further blamed Kimani of handing part of the money to strangers from City Hall instead of strictly dealing with Gachanja.
“Because we were the ones who oversaw the deal, we agreed to compensate him his lost cash. But some money was given to one Kevin and Oluoch who bought flashy cars,” Gatambo said.
Gatambo has another copy of a lease he claims to be from the ministry of lands that was given to one Peter Muange Kimuyu, LR NO 209/4593/5 deed plan number 402577 measuring approximately 0.1847 hectares for 99 years.
He lied that the lease was issued in September 1 2002 but he claims it was issued last week.