BY NT CORRESPONDENT.
Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo’s multi billion property in upmarket Westland area has been taken away by Court.
The court found that the property was fraudulently acquired by his company.
Caroget investments owned by the former governor will also pay a reprieve fee of Sh100 million to Aster Holdings Limited for the illegal occupation.
Kabogo’s firm must also vacate the 5.2-acre parcel of land on Mvuli Road and hand it over to its registered owner with immediate effect.
“The suit property history is that it had been in private ownership since 1946. It ceased to be government land and was therefore not available for alienation by the Commissioner of Lands. The suit property never reverted back to the government as to be available for reallocation,” Justice Elijah Obaga said.
In April, Kabogo told the court that he duly registered the land estimated to be worth Sh3.5 billion, in 2007 with Lands ministry after paying all the requisite fees.
Justice Obaga however said the land was fraudulently obtained in a well-orchestrated scheme that began in 2006.
He said for 14 years, Nayan Patel who is the rightful registered owner of the suit property, could not develop it because of the illegal occupation.
“From the evidence adduced herein and the documents produced in this case, it is clear that the title by the first defendant (Nairobi County Government) which was subsequently transferred to the fifth defendant (Caroget Investment Ltd) was obtained illegally, unprocedurally and through corrupt scheme,” Obaga said.
Justice Obaga said the property was not available for allocation to the City Council, because it had already been purchased and the title amalgamated.