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Four Firms Caught Up In Ruaraka Land Fraud



Four real estate firms; Airwaves Properties, Carlsberg International, DKO Investments and Dawn Innovations have been caught up in a messy suit over a Sh2 billion 28-acre parcel of prime land in Ruaraka.

According to a suit filed by Bancroft Properties Limited who claim to be the rightful owner of the land, the four have fraudulently attempted to possess and dispose the land.

The company claims to be the registered owner of land No.13560/3, and states that the four fraudulently obtained title documents with the intention of subdividing and selling them to unsuspecting members of the public.

In the petition filed by Clifford Odhiambo and Company Advocates, Bancroft Properties alleges that the firms, while purporting to be the owners of the land, advertised it for sale under a fictitious project dubbed Stadium View Estate.

Bancroft Properties says it acquired the land in 2003 from its initial owner, Central Glass Industries, on a lease of 99 years for Sh23 million.

The court heard that the original title deed is in the custody of Diamond Trust Bank and has never been surrendered to the Registrar of Lands.

Land fraud

The firm claims the four companies fraudulently obtained a certificate of lease purportedly issued by the lands office, which they used to claim ownership of the property.

Mr Odhiambo said the companies hired some people in February 2022 to guard the land.

On June 11, the firms organised and invited members of the public for an open day at the property with the intention of selling plots to them.

“Investigations into the legality of the title held by the respondents, which [were] conducted by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, have revealed the participation of the four respondents herein in the purported transfer,” the firm says in court documents.

The court heard that there was a wider scheme by some unknown individuals to grab the land from the owners.

This is after an attempt was made to fraudulently alter public records pertaining to the ownership/directorship of Bancroft in a bid to dispose of the land.

Court documents show that in June, Bancroft Properties directors Salim Jessa Haideralli and Firoz Haiderali Jessa discovered that two individuals had been appointed directors of the company without their knowledge.

The individuals Francis Ooko Otude and Atek Otech Richard had faked minutes indicating that the company had resolved to appoint them as directors and shareholders of Bancroft Properties and allotted them one share each.

The company directors have denied having conducted such a meeting nor authorised such an appointment.

They now want the court to declare them the legal owners of the land and quash the titles held by the four companies.

Bancroft also wants the court to bar the companies from selling, trespassing on and interfering with the land.

The court battle gives a clue why investors need to do their due diligence before venturing into what would risk their money.

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