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Prime land case adjourns after file goes missing

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A case involving more than 26 hectares of prime land next to Wilson Airport in Nairobi failed to proceed for the second day on Wednesday after it was declared that the court file was missing.
Prosecution was ready to proceed with its application in the case but heard that the file which is usually stored as a safe file was missing.
The court had adjourned the matter on Tuesday 9th in pursuit of tracing the file and proceeding on Wednesday 11th.
The case involves the National Police Service and Wilson Mitumba Women’s Group who are both claiming ownership of the land that is situated between Wilson Airport and the Nairobi National Park.
The housing project began in 1987 and temporarily put on hold in 1990 due to lack of funds. To date the National Police Service has developed over 100 housing units for the police officers.
Representatives of women’s group, Joseph Mburu Gitau and Isaack Mburu Njuguna are accused of producing more than four forged documents in an attempt to attain the land.
Evidence produced before the court shows that various documents in possession of Wilson Mitumba Women’s Group were forged, contradicting the location of the land being in Nairobi County. These include the deed plan which is allocated to a plot in Laikipia District, receipts are linked to District Commissioners in Nakuru with contradiction to the actual year of payment.
In addition, the title deed is purportedly issued in the name of Wilson Mitumba Women’s Group contrary to the law. The two are facing 11 court charges.
Senior Principal Magistrate M.W. Mutuku summoned the Executive Officer to appear in the court and produce the exhibit file.
The case will be mentioned on 31st January, 2017.