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Ruto, Raila spar over Weston hotel saga

Deputy President William Ruto has claimed that Weston Hotel in Nairobi was built in Lang’ata constituency when Mr Raila Odinga was both the Prime Minister and area MP.

In a message on his Twitter account, Mr Ruto also said that the land on which the hotel sits was not a subject of the Ndung’u report on irregularly acquired land nor was it among the thousands of acres whose titles were cancelled by former Lands Minister James Orengo, a close ally of Mr Odinga.

“For the record, Weston was not in Ndung’u Report nor the many Orengo cancelled. It was built in Lang’ata over 10yrs when Tinga (Mr Odinga) was area MP & PM,” Mr Ruto wrote on Twitter, a day after the ODM leader had asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to order the hotel demolished and the owners of the property prosecuted.

Tinga is a moniker for the former PM derived from his symbol of a tractor used when he ran for the presidency in the 1997 General Election.

The Deputy President did not, however, respond to the fact that various other government reports have stated that the land on which Weston stands was irregularly transferred from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority to private hands.

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SOURCE: Daily Nation