Eldoret Diocese Catholic Bishop Cornelius Korir has denied claims that the church grabbed a 45 acre piece of land in Kaptich, Uasin Gishu.
Bishop Korir’s remarks comes after the National Lands Commission (NLC) Chairman Mohammed Swazuri and the Uasin Gishu county lands minister Robert Ngisirei led a team to demolish the Catholic Church, saying the church’s title deed had been revoked revoked.
Korir decried the demolition of the church denying claims that the church was built on public land, saying the church was in possession of documents to prove ownership.
“We have been in possession of the land in question for over 10 years and the church has proper documents,” Bishop Korir said.
Swazuri however said the land registrar has written to the commission asking it to prepare ownership documents in favour of Trustees of Kiplombe Kaptich School. He said the registrar also asked the county commissioner and the county government to stop the development by the church on the land.
“The commission will immediately write an allotment letter, before undertaking a survey of the land. The County Government of Uasin Gishu will then be at liberty to go ahead and construct a school on the land,” said Swazuri.
He accused the church of building on the plot without valid land documents. He said the church has failed to produce valid documents to prove ownership of the land.
“The details are clear that the land belongs to the county government, which will immediately receive a title deed,” said Swazuri.