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Rwanda gifted four hectares of land in Kenya

By IGIHE
On 6 août 2022 at 02:30

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has handed over land title deed for a plot of land extended on four hectares in Naivasha Special Economic Zone to Rwanda’s Ambassador in the country, Dr. Richard Masozera.

The land is a gift of Kenya to Rwanda. Amb. Masozera received the land title along with other envoys from five East African countries including Burundi, Uganda, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) which were also gifted land in the area.

The 4.047 hectares given to Rwanda will be used to build warehouses for in-transit cargos from Mobassa port before they are shipped to Kigali.

Rwanda already had land in Kenya. In 1986, the then President of Kenya, Daniel Arap Moi gave 12 hectares to Rwanda in the vicinity of Mombassa port.

Later, a Kenyan businessman identified as Salad Awale, filed a lawsuit claiming that the land belonged to him.

The businessman said that he had land titles given to him in 1986 valid for 99 years.

The Kenyan High Court ruled that the claimant’s title was not genuine as the details provided on the land differed with those stated on the land’s deed plan. The land was given back to Rwanda.

In 2019, Amb. Dr. Masozera told IGIHE that disputes related to the land had ended where the next move was to have it exploited.

At the time, he revealed that the land can be developed to reduce the time it takes for goods (shipped from or to Rwanda) at Mombassa port or offer the space for rent.

At least more than 3000 Rwandans live in Kenya.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has given land title deeds to five East African countries.

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