, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 18 – State House now says 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 on Saturday, State House spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission had already been requested to investigate the matter following a request 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.
“In addition, the Cabinet Secretary responsible for Lands, Mrs Charity Ngilu, has formally requested an investigation by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) into the matter. It is a process that should also play out to the full.”
Police on Friday evicted developers from the 134 acre land worth Sh8 billion following a court order and placed the property under a 24 hour watch.
The EACC has since 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.
“Should the EACC find anyone – including public officers – to have been responsible for fraud, or abetted fraud in the case, then, of course, they will face the consequences set out by the law,” Esipisu pointed out.
“As there are clear judicial processes already underway, further comment and speculation about the Karen land row would be counterproductive at this stage.”
Ngilu had on Friday also challenged the Opposition legislators to provide evidence of the said land grabbing 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 prime Karen land.