NASA deputy leader Kalonzo Musyoka risks losing a multi-million shilling land in Machakos as the National Youth Service (NYS) stepped up efforts to reclaim 500 acres of land which it claims the former Vice President grabbed.
The land ,which is located in Yatta Constituency,Machakos county , was acquired by Kalonzo when he served as Vice President in President Mwai Kibaki’s administration.
NYS was instructed by the registered owner of the contested land to serve Mr Kalonzo with a 14 days eviction notice.
“The department, therefore, does not recognise any claim whatsoever that any individual and or entity has over the said parcels of land whether through themselves, their agents, assigns or successors,” NYS director general Richard Ndubai said in a newspaper notice.
“Failure to surrender the department shall embark on the process of repossession of the subject parcels at the individuals’ or entities own peril as to the attendant costs and legal consequences arising from such repossessions,” the directive read.
Kalonzo has since refuted claims that the land was acquired fraudulently. He insists he bought the land on a willing-buyer, willing-seller basis and has proof that stamp duty on the parcel of land is fully paid.
Controversy surrounding the land was first brought up in 2016 by Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua who then told the Senate Committee on County Public Accounts and Investments that Kalonzo had used his position as VP to influence the allocation of the parcel of land, to himself and proxies.
Mutua had asked the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), the National Land Commission and the Commission on Administrative Justice to investigate the matter.
Former Lands Cabinet secretary Charity Ngilu, now Kitui governor, has since defended him.