The controversial Sh3.2 billion Ruaraka land was hastily acquired, Education CS Amina Mohammed has said. Amina told the Public Accounts and Investments committee of the Senate that due diligence and research should have being carried out before the purchase. She said a supplementary budget of Sh1.5 billion had to be commissioned for the compulsory acquisition of the land.
"The additional Sh1.5 billion that was sought by the ministries was captured under legal dues. It was to settle the payment due to compulsory acquisition of land for Ruaraka High school and Drive- in primary schools," she said. However, Amina said it was not unusual to request for additional funding and have it regularised in a supplementary budget.
"It all depends on the need that arises. We will continue to request for resources when there is a need," she said In June 2017, Education PS Belio Kipsang wrote a letter to the National Treasury on the need to acquire the land under question. Kipsang also sought an opinion from the Attorney General's office which was later given on July 7.
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