Murang’a varsity in row over 50 acres, protests encroachment

Murang’a University of Technology is embroiled in a row over the ownership of 50 acres.

The university had started erecting a perimeter wall around the land, but the plan hit a snag because of encoraching private residences.

The institution claims its land starts at Technology Primary School and exends to Murang’a Police quarters.

Private residences have encroached on their property, the university says.

Acting vice chancellor Prof Dickson Nyariki yesterday said the institution was fencing its compound to improve security.

A house previously used by the institution’s principal before it received a charter mysteriously changed ownership. The university wants to repossess the house.

Nyariki said the institution is tracing all official beacons of its properties before deciding on its next move.

The VC said some of the people who now own the institution’s properties have obtained ownership documents.

The institution has written to the primary school, assuring it that it would not be affected since the university had given land to the school.

“The administration would like to be involved in the management of the school and will soon appoint a member from the university to be sitting in the primary school board of management,” the letter reads.

Sources at Murang’a Lands office have indicated the administration of the primary school has been trying to get its own title deed since 2006.

Former District Commissioner Joseph Mutemi is said to have allocated the university the 50 acres.

Some of the land previously belonged to Kenya Industrial Estate and an individual who was relocated and compensated.

The university got a title deed 17 years ago.

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