Why Oscar Sudi thinks state wants to demolish Weston Hotel

Why Oscar Sudi thinks state wants to demolish Weston Hotel

Weston Hotel, owned by Deputy President William Ruto has been at the centre of conversation among Kenyans for the past four years with regards to its legality and morality.

It is alleged that the land on which the Five Star hotel sits was grabbed back in early 20s and that it belongs to Kenya Civil Aviation Authority.

DP Ruto in an interview on Citizen TV with former hard-hitting seasoned journalist Hussein Mohammed, admitted that the hotel belongs to him, however, dismissed claims that it sits on a grabbed land.

On Wednesday, However, a bulldozer was spotted a long a highway in Nairobi, around a place which many have said is where Weston Hotel is located.

If photographs were anything to go by, then Kapseret Member of Parliament Oscar Sudi could be right that the five-star hotel was somehow under threat.

The DP Ruto’s allied MP on Wednesday took it to his social media account saying that the Deep State had settled at crashing down the multi-billion structure.

“The Deep State are indeed cornered. They have today decided to express their fury by demolishing Weston Hotel,” said Sudi on his Twitter page. Metropol TV is  yet to verify this information.

Ruto’s right hand man, and communications strategist Dennis Itumbi has, however, not said anything yet.

This comes exactly one month after the hotel moved to the Court of Appeal over a parcel of land in which the facility stands, faulting a judge of the High Court who insisted on hearing a petition filed by a state agency.

In the appeal, Weston Hotel said it was dissatisfied by a ruling issued in March this year by Justice Benard Eboso, allowing the petition by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) to proceed for hearing.

The hotel management, Priority Ltd and Monene Investment, wanted the suit by KCAA dismissed arguing that the authority erred by filing a fresh suit instead of filing an appeal against a decision by the National Land Commission, dated January 2019.

In the decision, NLC directed Weston to compensate KCAA for the land at the current rates. But on March 2, Justice Eboso dismissed the objection by Weston and stated that Environment and Land Court had jurisdiction to hear the case and that the NLC decision was not binding.

Through senior counsel Ahmednasir Abdullahi, Weston has faulted the judge saying he failed to address pertinent questions, such as jurisdiction and instead digressed and made a finding on a matter that was not argued before him.

Weston further said the judge failed to determine the issues brought before him by the parties and instead framed for his own issues and gave his interpretation.

“In the process the learned judge determined issues that he did not invite the appellant and the other parties to address him on before his determination. The determination by the learned judge of the issues that were not before him caused grave constitutional breach on the appellant’s right to fair hearing and trial,” the appeal reads.

The hotel management says the judge unilaterally picked on and determined a question that was not before him and made a finding that the decision by NLC was not binding and the appeal process was optional and not mandatory.

In the ruling rendered, Justice Eboso noted that NLC itself acknowledged that it lost its mandate to revoke titles under section 14 of the NLC Act and that it can only give recommendations and advisories for alternative dispute resolutions (mediation) or to courts for arbitration.

Weston is among the buildings Nairobi County had resolved to demolish, which are believed to have been erected on grabbed lands, with the state moving in to bring sanity at Ardhi House.

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Lawrence Baraza is a prolific writer with competencies in Digital Media, Print, and Broadcast. Baraza is also a Communication Practitioner currently spearheading Digital content on Metropol TV's Digital Desk.

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