Lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi has claimed that the government had issued an order to demolish Weston Hotel, which is owned by Deputy President William Ruto.
Ahmednasir, who represents the five-star hotel in court, alleged that tractors had already been dispatched to bring down the facility located along Lang’ata Road in Nairobi.
He says the demolition order was withdrawn at the last minute, in what appears to be a change of mind by the people behind the directive.
“As counsel on record for Weston Hotel I can officially confirm that the government of the Republic of Kenya 48 hours ago sent tractors and goons to demolish the hotel,” the senior counsel wrote tweeted on Friday.
He added: “The operation was called off after the tractors reached the hotel and the powers that be changed its mind.”
Ahmednasir’s post comes a day after the hotel management refuted reports that the facility was set to be demolished.
“Following numerous comments and enquiries from concerned stakeholders, friends, and customers, we would like to clarify and assure our esteemed guests and the general public that the hotel operations are running smoothly without any interruption. Any contrary information should be disregarded,” they said in a statement.
Rumors about the alleged planned demolition of the hotel spread on social media on Wednesday following a tweet by Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi, who posted photos of bulldozers ostensibly parked close to the hotel.
“The Deep State are indeed cornered. They have today decided to express their fury by demolishing Weston Hotel,” Sudi, a close ally of Ruto, wrote.
The hotel has been at the center of dispute for years, with the National Lands Commission (NLC) finding that the 0.77 hectares of land it sits on was illegally acquired from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA).