Directors in Lamu land grab saga face arrest

August 12, 2014 12:02 pm
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President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered investigations into the transactions when he first revealed the scale of the matter last month/CFM
President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered investigations into the transactions when he first revealed the scale of the matter last month/CFM
NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 12 – Directors of companies and organisations that are accused of grabbing nearly half a million acres of public land in Lamu will be arrested if they fail to record statements with the police by Wednesday.

Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo said on Tuesday that only directors of three companies have so far recorded statements in the ongoing investigations into the questionable transactions involving the land.

In a statement presented by Kenya Police Spokeswoman Zipporah Mboroki, the police chief said they have also questioned 29 officials from the Ministry of Lands.

“Let me take this opportunity to summon all directors who have not recorded their statement to report to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters in Nairobi on or before Wednesday 13 August without fail,” he directed.

“The National Police Service will continue with investigations in collaboration with other government agencies until all culprits are brought to book.”

Administration Police spokesperson Masoud Mwinyi who also spoke during the briefing said not even a government official will be spared if found guilty. He said police will go for those who may fail to honour the directive explaining that, “we wish not to go thereā€¦ if they have nothing to hide; they will come and record a statement with us.”

“These investigations will be done in a very open and balanced manner and if there is anybody in the government who will be implicated negatively then the law will apply to him or her just as it would be applied to an ordinary Kenyan who has not status in terms of government standings.”

President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered investigations into the transactions when he first revealed the scale of the matter last month.

READ Uhuru orders tough action over grabbed Lamu land

READ Directors of Lamu land grab firms summoned

On August 6, the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Director Ndegwa Muhoro summoned directors of the companies that were listed as having acquired land in Lamu County illegally.

Siaya Senator James Orengo has been accused of failing to stop the irregularity when he served as a Land Minister.

On his part, Orengo says his conscience is clear and instead blames powerful politicians whom he says have also grabbed land in other parts of the country.

READ Orengo defends Lamu land transactions

He said the greedy land cartels belong to what he called ‘the Moi orphans’ who are agitated by reforms he undertook as Lands Minister.

The government has vowed to bring the culprits to book once investigations are complete.

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