Journalists Kicked out of parliament

Sad state of affairs

The members of the fourth estate were denied access to the ongoing proceedings in parliament where the lands committee is probing the National Land Commission over payments made for Ndururumo and Ruaraka schools land in Nairobi.

It was established that there were irregular payments of billions of shillings for the acquisition of land for Ndururumo and Ruaraka schools in Nairobi.

Earlier, the media had been informed that the session will be an open one but later the chairperson of the committee, Dr Rachael Nyamai wanted it done privately.

"It's uncomfortable having the media in the room," Dr Nyamai said while ordering journalists to leave the room.

One Khatib Mwashetani, the Lunga Lunga MP was quick to also state that the media should be locked out of the crucial proceedings.

Joshua Kutuny was however open on the matter as he was concerned that it would raise eyebrows.

"This is a matter that is in the public domain. If the committee handles the session in private, it will raise eyebrows as to what the committee is hiding,"  he said.

In 2016, the National Land Commission (NLC) Chairman Muhammad Swazuri revealed in a tip of the iceberg that land belonging to 158 schools has been grabbed by private developers.

Lang’ata primary school land also brought about a bone of contention between the school and a company over the ownership of the land.

The police even lobbied tear gas cannisters at pupils of Langata leaving children injured and chocked during the remonstration protests against the grabbed land.

The issue of grabbing public school’s land is clearly a deep-seated issue.

Following the incidences witnessed where schools lost land to private developers, the land commission was requested to do an audit so as to combat the issue that has affected a number of schools.

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