Court slams brakes on state bid to annex university land

The government has been stopped from hiving off 410 acres belonging to Kenyatta University (KU). Justice Oscar Angote of the Environment and Land Court issued the order following a petition by the Law Society of Kenya challenging attempts to force the university to surrender part of the land to Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital, the World Health Organization, and squatters, writes Paul Ogemba for The Standard.

“The government, its agents or anyone acting on its behalf are hereby restrained from implementing the directive issued by the Head of Public Service on July 7 for the university to surrender the land. They are also restrained from subdividing the land pending hearing of the suit,” ruled the judge. Justice Angote also directed KU Council Chairman Professor Shem Migot-Adholla and Vice-chancellor Professor Paul Wainaina not to hand over the land’s title as ordered by Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua on 7 July. In addition, the court stopped any government official from taking action against Kenyatta University staff who refuse to surrender the land.

The 410-acre land adjacent to Kenyatta University has been a source of dispute which led to fallout between President Uhuru Kenyatta and the institution’s management last week. Wainaina was then forced to resign as the government disbanded the university council for refusing to surrender the title.
Full report on The Standard site