MPs committee to meet petitioner seeking Swazuri’s ouster

March 28, 2017 8:49 am
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The petition by Mugo Njeru was submitted to the National Assembly by Kuresoi North MP Moses Cheboi in a move that kicked started the process of sending Swazuri home/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 28 – The National Assembly Lands Committee will Tuesday morning meet with the petitioner seeking the removal of the National Land Commission (NLC) Chairman Muhammad Swazuri from office.

The petition by Mugo Njeru was submitted to the National Assembly by Kuresoi North MP Moses Cheboi in a move that kicked started the process of sending Swazuri home.

Njeru accuses Swazuri of failing to practice prudent, responsible and clear use of public funds and delivering determinations on behalf of the commission without requisite quorum.

He also alleges that Swazuri has failed to uphold a high level of integrity in his conduct during his tenure in office.

The petitioner also contends that the NLC chairman has used his position to enrich himself.

Njeru stated that Swazuri defrauded his wife, not named in the petition, out of an unspecified amount of money she had been awarded as compensation by the NLC.

Swazuri is on the spot for having later used his powers to fraudulently revoke legal title in favour of the petitioner’s wife of another company, thus violating the right to Article 40 of the Constitution.

The petition was committed to the Parliamentary Lands Committee chaired by Alex Muiru for consideration.

The public is in the meantime being urged to submit their memoranda on the petition seeking the removal of the Swazuri from office.

In an advert in the local dailies, Clerk of the National Assembly Michael Sialai stated that representations may be submitted through written statements on or before April 3.

The petition comes at a time when the National Assembly’s Finance, Planning and Trade committee suspended its probe into the conduct of Auditor General Edward Ouko following a court order.

The court ruled that the committee’s probe should be set aside until a case filed in court by Ouko challenging the panel’s procedures, is heard on May 10.

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi ruled the House will obey the court order as its lawyers move to the Court of Appeal to challenge the directive.

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