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Saga over grabbing of Kiambu college land takes new twist

Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology students protest on July 25, 2017 over the grabbing of the institute's 200 acres of land by the Board of Trustee. PHOTO | ERIC WAINAINA | NATION
Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology students protest on July 25, 2017 over the grabbing of the institute's 200 acres of land by the Board of Trustee. PHOTO | ERIC WAINAINA | NATION 

The saga on the grabbing of the entire Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology (Kist) took a new twist Tuesday, after politicians in the county locked the trustees’ offices and vowed to reclaim the land.

On Monday the Nation exclusively reported how the trustees had transferred 200 acres of prime land and buildings, all worth Sh32 billion, to an entity known as Registered Trustees of Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology, leaving the vocational college without land.

At the moment, documents show, the trustees want to “donate” some 30 acres back to the institute.

It also emerged that on Monday, the officials of of the college were summoned to a meeting convened by both Lands and Education ministries. The trustees are said to have insisted that they owned the land which was until recently was under the college.