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Michael Jordans' Mother/US Ambassador Clash in Nairobi Over Land

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  1. Ab-Titchaz

    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

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    US Envoy at the centre of land wrangle in city


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    Public Health Minister Beth Mugo and Mrs Deloris Jordan, president and founder of The James Jordan Foundation, console a sexual assault victim at the Nairobi Women's Hospital, recently. Looking on is the hospital's chief executive Sam Thenya.

    By DAVID OKWEMBAH
    Posted Saturday, November 22 2008 at 21:27

    U S Ambassador Michael Ranneberger and the mother of a former NBA basketball star are at the centre of a multi-million-shilling land tussle in Nairobi, the Sunday Nation can reveal.

    Mr Rannenberger and Deloris Jordan, the mother of Michael Jordan, want land worth Sh1.2 billion bequeathed to the Nairobi City Council by the colonial government allocated to a private organisation for a hospital project.

    While it is not clear what interest the US Embassy has in the project, Mr Ranneberger wrote to President Kibaki on September 18, 2008 requesting that the land measuring 5.96 acres in State House neighbourhood be allocated to the Nairobi Women's Hospital.

    The letter was written a month after Dr Sam Thenya of the hospital and Mrs Jordan had paid a courtesy call on President Kibaki at his Harambee House office on August 19 to press for the land.

    The letter from Mr Ranneberger mentions the strategic location of the land, the benefits that would accrue to Kenyans from the hospital, and the funds Mrs Jordan would contribute to the project.

    Numerous trips

    Mrs Jordan has made numerous trips to Nairobi, including one that began last Sunday, in pursuit of the land and a new 250-bed capacity hospital for victims of gender violence.

    But unknown to the two Americans and Dr Thenya, the coveted land is in the process of being gazetted as a national monument because of its historic significance and the architecture of the buildings on it.

    Sources who attended the Harambee House meeting told the Sunday Nation that President Kibaki did not commit himself to allocating the land, known as Lady Northey, to Dr Thenya and Mrs Jordan.

    The President is reported to have asked Nairobi Women's Hospital and Mrs Jordan to look for land elsewhere.

    Sources said the organisation had been offered land in Embakasi near City Cabanas restaurant as well as another plot opposite the Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Eastleigh, Nairobi. Neither offer has been acted on.

    Directive given

    However, Dr Thenya claims that a directive was given to the Head of Civil Service and Secretary to the Cabinet, Francis Muthaura, to allocate them the prime property. Among those present, he claims, were the minister for Health, Prof Anyang' Nyong'o, and his counterpart in Internal Security, Prof George Saitoti.

    "The President directed that we should be given land at this meeting," Dr Thenya said.

    However, his statement has been dismissed by the Permanent Secretary for Lands, Dorothy Angote, who said the land in question is public land which was bequeathed to the Nairobi City Council in perpetuity.

    "It can't be allocated as it was a gift to the public with specific instructions on its use," Ms Angote said.

    She added that a decision had been taken by an inter-ministerial committee, which included Dr Thenya, in regard to the Nairobi Women's Hospital. "Nairobi Women's Hospital understands the position taken and options available to them," the PS said.

    She ruled out the allocation of Lady Northey to the organisation, noting that "even in the United States, public land cannot be allocated for private use."

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    S. S. Phares JF-Expert Member

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    Sasa huyu Mama si aje Tanzania tu...mimi nimpe hizo heka 6 Ukonga ajenge hiyo hospitali....why Kenya ambako ananyanyasika kwa nia yake ya kusaidia Wakina Mama. Au kuna la zaidi kwenye hiyo plot???
     
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    Watanzania si mabwege watampa hata ikulu.
     
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    wanarekani weusi wanafki...wanasaidia kenya to get obamas attention...kenyans will milk obamas presidency pr to the last drop!!!
     
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    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

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    Ishu imekua kubwa mpaka jamaa kaenda kumuona Raila kuhusu kiwanja.
    Raila naye lazima amsikize maana walimpa tafu dhidi ya Kibaki baada ya wizi
    wa zile kura za mwaka jana.


    US Envoy Visits Raila Over Land

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    US ambassador Michale Ranneberger and Prime Minister Raila Odinga addressing a press conference. PHOTO/ FILE


    By NATION Reporter
    Posted Monday, November 24 2008 at 20:38

    US Ambassador Michael Ranneberger on Monday held a closed-door meeting with Prime Minister Raila Odinga, a day after our sister paper, Sunday Nation, reported on a land dispute he was involved in.

    The Ambassador arrived at Mr Odinga’s Parliament office at 3pm but had to wait for 30 minutes as the Premier was in another meeting.

    Details of Mr Ranneberger and Mr Odinga’s meeting, which was also attended by Mrs Deloris Jordan, the mother of a former NBA basketball star, were not made public.

    According to the story, the US envoy and Mrs Jordan were reported to be at the centre of a land tussle in which they want the Sh1.2 billion parcel near State House, which was bequeathed to Nairobi City Council by a Lady Northey, allocated to a private organisation for a hospital.

    The US Ambassador was reported to have written to President Kibaki on September 12, 2008, requesting that the land, measuring 5.96 acres, be allocated to Nairobi Women’s Hospital.

    The letter was written a month after Mrs Jordan and Dr Sam Thenya, the hospital’s chief executive, had visited the President at his office.

    Sources who attended the meeting said the President had asked Dr Thenya and Mrs Jordan to look for alternative land.

    The coveted piece of land will reportedly be gazetted soon be as a national monument because of its significance.


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