Kajiado Court on Monday ordered Kenya National Land Commission to pay Clarence Matheny Leadership Training Institute Sh789.9 million for land compensation.
Justice Reuben Nyakundi, in his landmark ruling, said the money accrued from compulsory acquisition of the land in Ngong by the NLC for the construction of the phase 2A part of the Standard Gauge Railway.
Bishop Joel Chola, who is the executive director of the organisation that own Ngong/Ngong/15559 had sought justice from the court after NLC bosses led by chairman Mohammed Swazuri allegedly delayed the process of their compensation.
“I order that the NLC pays a sum of Sh787, 987,569 to Clarence Matheny Leadership Training Institute not later than this week on Thursday,” said Justice Nyakundi at a parked court which was also attended by Swazuri in person and commission lawyers.
After the ruling, Bishop Chola said; “This is landmark ruling in a landmark case that has dragged on for a long time. At least justice has been served to us.”
The organisation’s land in Ngong lies squarely on phase 2 A of the SGR and which housing a super bridge that contains 17 major pillars.
According to court documents, the organisation which owns the land was informed of the compulsory acquisition on November 10, 2017, by Kenya Railways and later by NLC’s letter on January 3, 2018, and subsequently through the Kenya Gazette notice on March 2, 2018.
The organisation, according to Bishop Chola’s arguments in court previously, obliged to the compulsory acquisition and promised to support the national project to the full.
They were formally requested on January 3, 2018, to allow the Chinese construction company to begin building pillars on their property.
Bishop Chola said his institution filed a formal application for compensation in February 2018, from the NLC at a meeting where several officials were present; including its lawyer and a surveyor from KR.