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Bulldozers spotted at DP Ruto’s Weston Hotel

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Bulldozes spotted at DP Ruto’s Weston Hotel

Bulldozes spotted at DP Ruto’s Weston Hotel

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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 the 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, bulldozers were spotted at the high-end hotel, with questions lingering whether the government had resolved to bring down the hotel.

In what appears to be anything close to the truth, Kapseret Member of Parliament Oscar Sudi, a staunch ally of DP Ruto took it to his social media account saying that the Deep State had settled at crashing 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.

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.

Weston is among the buildings Nairobi County had resolved to demolish, which are believed to have been erected on grabbed lands in the count, with the state moving in to bring them down.