, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 22 – CORD leaders are on Wednesday morning expected to appear before the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) to present evidence on claims they made about the disputed Karen land.
This follows a request by the Commission for Senators Johnston Muthama, James Orengo and other leaders to bring forward whatever information they have on grabbers of the disputed land to help in the investigations.
The leaders had claimed that top government officials, including Deputy President William Ruto, Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu and Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero are linked to the land tussle.
“It has been widely reported in the media today that you have valuable information on the alleged illegal acquisition of the above reference land. As a responsible leader of this great Country, you have an obligation to give this information to the responsible law enforcement agencies for investigations to unearth the truth. It is for this reason that we request you to share whatever information you have with this Commission by sending the information to the undersigned by 22nd October 2014,” a letter from the EACC addressed to the leaders stated.
The EACC probe was initiated following a request by Ngilu who called for thorough investigations on the matter and action taken against anyone found culpable.
The Lands Cabinet Secretary challenged the Opposition to present the evidence linking the senior government officials to the controversial piece of land.
President Uhuru Kenyatta had also warned leaders against making outrageous claims and even dropping people’s names in scandals without substantiating their claims.
State House had said that anyone including public officers responsible for fraud, or abetted fraud in the Karen land saga should face consequences set out by the law.
In a statement sent to newsrooms, State House spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission had already been requested to investigate the matter following a demand from the Lands Cabinet Secretary.
“The Karen land question is now an issue before the courts. Consequently, the President and Deputy President fully expect this process to be allowed to go the full course,” he stated.
The EACC had given a section of CORD legislators until Wednesday to share whatever information they have on the saga as part of their civic responsibility, after they accused officials in the Jubilee administration of grabbing the land.
Last week, police officers were deployed to the disputed land where they evicted developers pending the determination of the case in court.