Orengo to record statement over Lamu land Tuesday

September 15, 2014 1:33 pm
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Orengo - who was Lands Minister when the allocations were done - went to the CID Headquarters on Monday where he was given documents detailing the irregular land transfers/MIKE KARIUKI
Orengo – who was Lands Minister when the allocations were done – went to the CID Headquarters on Monday where he was given documents detailing the irregular land transfers/MIKE KARIUKI

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 15 – Siaya Senator James Orengo is to record a formal statement with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Tuesday morning as part of an ongoing probe into the irregular allocation of 500,000 acres of land in Lamu.

Orengo – who was Lands Minister when the allocations were done – went to the CID Headquarters on Monday where he was given documents detailing the irregular land transfers.

“I am glad to inform members of the public that they have confronted Senator Orengo with actual cases, actual companies, with real evidence by way of documents. And in all the documents that they have given to Orengo, Senator Orengo has acquitted himself very well,” said Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale who had accompanied him.

Khalwale then went on to claim that the CID officers commended the Siaya Senator over his work at the Lands Ministry and charged that those implicating Orengo in the Lamu land grabbing saga were basically on a witch-hunting mission.

“It is now very clear that seeing what Orengo has had to tell the Criminal Investigation Department, that there are other players who are hiding underneath who would have wanted to find a scapegoat in Senator Orengo,” Khalwale asserted.

CID director Ndegwa Muhoro had indicated that they were interested in questioning Orengo to find out what he knew, and if he had anything to do with the grabbing of the Lamu land.

The National Land Commission at the weekend said it had confirmed that the land was illegally allocated to 22 firms and will start revoking the title deeds this week.

“Our preliminary investigations confirmed that the land in question was irregularly and illegally allocated. The Commission will move to Lamu on Monday to establish the situation on the ground. Thereafter, the commission will issue a revocation order in respect of the titles in a week’s time,” NLC chairman Muhammad Swazuri said.

Orengo has however denied any involvement in the matter, rather blaming it on politics. The Siaya Senator is facing investigations alongside his former Permanent Secretary Dorothy Angote.

Angote and former Lands Commissioner Zablon Mabea are also expected to record statements with the CID.

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