MP barred from developing plot

March 28, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, March 27 – Baringo Central Member of Parliament (MP) Silas Mwaita was on Thursday barred by the High Court from developing a prime piece of land in Nakuru after the Kenya anti Corruption Commission (KACC) claimed it was acquired illegally.

The temporary order was issued against Mwaita, who was a former Commissioner of Lands, and his brother Hillary Mwaita until the case is heard and determined.

The suit papers read: “Pending the hearing and determination of this suit, it is necessary that orders to preserve the suit properties by restraining the 2nd defendant (Mwaita’s brother) from transferring, selling, disposing, taking possession, developing, wasting or in any manner dealing with the suit properties”.

KACC had last week moved to court seeking to stop Mwaita from asserting his possession of the plot.

It was alleged that Mwaita irregularly acquired the piece of government land that had been serving as a public utility in Nakuru Municipality.

In the suit, which was certified as urgent, it was also claimed that the legislator along with his brother breached public trust and abused his office when he was Lands boss.

It is further claimed that part of the suit properties constitute a parking yard for the vehicles and equipment for the Department of Survey.

The anti graft body also argued that if the orders aren’t granted, the government would suffer ‘irreparable harm’ that would not be adequately compensated by just damages being awarded.

The case will be heard on April 8 in the presence of all parties.

Bank teller in the dock

Meanwhile, a bank teller was on Thursday charged with stealing over Sh7 million from his employer.

John Mukongolo appeared before Senior Principal Magistrate Stella Muketi for defrauding Kenya Commercial Bank Savings and Loans Kenya limited of the money on diverse dates between March 2006 and September 2007.

It was alleged that the accused committed the offence at Garden Plaza in Nairobi.

He denied the charges and was released on a cash bail of Sh1 million, pending the hearing of his case on May 5.


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