Lennah Catherine Koinange, the daughter of Kenyatta-era minister Mbiyu Koinange, has lost her bid to claim a seven-acre land near Muthangari police station whose ownership has been disputed for years.
Justice Oscar Angote of the Environment and Land Court stopped the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and any recommendations to the Ministry of Lands over the title deed held by Nairobi House Ltd.
“In conclusion, the court is persuaded that the investigations that culminated in the recommendations set out in the letter of July 20, 2020, were vitiated by irrationality and procedural impropriety,” the judge said.
Nairobi House Ltd (NHL) through a director Javed Iqbal Abdulrahman said the fresh probe had no basis because his title was investigated in 2006 and found to be genuine.
Abdulrahman through his lawyer Philip Nyachoti said he has been paying land rent to the Ministry of Lands and rates to Nairobi City County.
The lawyer told the court that Lennah Koinange trespassed into the land sometime in December 2016, with plans to subdivide the parcel and erect a fence.
Nyachoti lamented the Ksh2.4 billion property had been subject to several court cases, which have been ruled in his client’s favour.
The seven-acre land is being claimed by Lennah Koinange who claims the property belonged to her late father Kenyatta-era minister Mbiyu Koinange.
The Koinange heir claims the land belonged to her late father after being allocated as compensation for donating another parcel in Banana Hills, Kiambu, to the government for the construction of offices.
Nairobi House Ltd had been seeking to stop Lennah from developing the property as the title had been used to secure a Ksh850 million loan to Diamond Trust Bank.