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DP Ruto addresses controversy surrounding Weston Hotel,Admits it was illegally acquired

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Deputy President William Ruto has finally admitted that the land where Weston Hotel is situated was acquired illegally.

While speaking on BBC’s Hardtalk, Ruto said he is just an innocent buyer who bought the parcel of land from the original owners.

“It (Weston) was not bought illegally. In fact, for the record, the National Land Commission has made a finding that Weston was an innocent purchaser for value from somebody who got it illegally.” He said

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He also added that the constitutional process seeking to compel the original owner to compensate the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority is currently underway.

“Preparations have been made constitutionally to restore that land to Kenya Civil Aviation Authority by demanding that those who sold the land to us must pay,” he said

According to KCAA’s legal services manager, Cyril Wayong’o, the land where Weston Hotel sits on, originally belonged to the East Africa Community which collapsed in 1977.