EACC seeks out lawmakers over Karen land grab claims

October 18, 2014 9:39 am
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On Friday, police evicted developers from the prime piece of property on orders from the High Court that no development take place until the matter is put to rest/CFM NEWS
On Friday, police evicted developers from the prime piece of property on orders from the High Court that no development take place until the matter is put to rest/CFM NEWS
NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 18 – The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has written to Senators Johnson Muthama, James Orengo, Elizabeth Ongoro, Boni Khalwale and Suna East MP Junet Mohamed requesting for information on their allegations that a Sh8 billion parcel of land in Karen was illegally acquired by high ranking government officials.

The commission has given the legislators until Wednesday to share whatever information they have as part of their civic responsibility.

“It has been widely reported in the media that you have valuable information on the alleged illegal acquisition of the above referenced land. As a responsible leader of this great country you have an obligation to give this information to the responsible law enforcement agencies,” the letter states.

Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu had on Friday also challenged the Opposition legislators to provide evidence of the said land grab by government officials.

“I expect that those leaders who know anything about these cases and if they have any evidence, they may have to go to the relevant investigating agencies,” she said.

The legislators had accused a number of high ranking government officials of grabbing the land which is currently the subject of a court case filed by Horatius Da Gama Rose.

Da Gama Rose who is represented by lawyer Cecil Miller insists that he is the rightful owner of the 134 acres in Karen.

On Friday, police evicted developers from the prime piece of property on orders from the High Court that no development take place until the matter is put to rest.

Langata deputy police Chief Mwangi Kuria says the land will be manned on a 24-hour basis until the case in court is determined.

“The order says I should remove everybody who was conducting any construction here and I have done so,” he affirmed. “I have warned them not to come back until the case is heard and decided before court.”

Justice Nyambura Gacheru had on Monday directed the officer commanding the Langata police division to enforce an earlier order barring any development or transactions on the land pending the determination of the Da Gama Rose suit.

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