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Kimunya arrested over irregular land deal

Former Cabinet Minister Amos Kimunya was arrested on Friday afternoon. Photo/XINHUA

Former Cabinet Minister Amos Kimunya was arrested on Friday afternoon. Photo/XINHUA

NAIROBI, Kenya Mar 14 – Former Cabinet Minister Amos Kimunya has been arrested hours after the Director of Public Prosecutions ordered the EACC to charge him with abuse of office and land fraud.

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Spokesman Yassin Aila told Capital FM News that Kimunya was picked up on Friday afternoon and was being processed to appear in court on Monday.

“The former minister Kimunya is here with us, and he is likely to be in court on Monday,” Aila said.

After interrogation, Kimunya would likely be granted bail to appear in court on Monday.

The DPP authorised charges against the former Cabinet Minister and two others over the irregular allocation of a piece of land to a firm where he was a director.

In a statement, DPP Keriako Tobiko said when Kimunya was Lands Minister, he caused the land to be allocated to M/s Midlands Limited, a company where he was a director and shareholder without the consent of the Ministry of Agriculture.

The 25-acre piece of land in Nyandarua was part of 75 acres belonging to the Ministry of Agriculture that had been reserved for a potatoes seed multiplication project.

“Following an investigation and recommendation by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), the DPP has authorised charges of abuse of office and fraudulent disposal and acquisition of public property against Hon Amos Kimunya, Lillian Njenga, formerly Director of Land Adjudication and Junghae Wainaina, the Chairman of the Board of M/s Midlands Limited,” read a statement from the DPP’s office.

Kimunya served as Lands and Settlement Minister in former President Mwai Kibaki’s National Alliance Rainbow Coalition (NARC) government from 2002 to February 2006, after which he was moved to the Finance docket.

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The DPP emphasised that the trio was entitled to a fair trial and urged the general public against commenting on the matter.

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