, NAIROBI, Kenya Nov 11 – The Lands Committee of the National Assembly on Tuesday threatened to begin proceedings for the removal from office of Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu after she snubbed a meeting scheduled to discuss the controversial allocation of 134 acres of land in Karen.
Committee Vice-Chairman Moses ole Sakuda said members had lost confidence in her ability to oversee land issues in the country.
“The committee has noted with great concern that the CS has chosen to ignore and not take her responsibilities seriously. Further, despite numerous invitations and correspondences with the committee most which she commits herself to, then she fails to honour her word.”
“The land issues have not been sorted out in this country hence she is not the right person anymore to deal with any land matters. The committee is therefore considering starting the disciplinary process actions that will lead to impeachment of the CS for Lands,” said Sakuda.
Ngilu will now be expected to appear before the committee on Thursday without fail, after the team issued summons.
Sakuda who was backed by 14 members of the committee seemed unhappy by the leakage of a report that named 40 MPs who are said to be beneficiaries of the Karen land.
“Actually what has annoyed us is what we have read in the press that 40 MPs are in the list.”
“We had given her specific instructions to bring all the details to the committee so that we know the identities of these MPs. Some of us are hearing our names flying in the air… that the whole Lands Committee has been compromised,” Sakuda told a news conference.
“We will not be held at ransom. We want this committee exonerated because the MPs here declared that they have no interest when it comes to the Karen land.”
The ownership of the parcel of land worth Sh8 billion is currently the subject of a court battle between businessmen Horatius Da Gama Rose and Jos Konzolo, through their respective companies, Muchanga Investments Limited and Telesource Investments Limited.
Da Gama Rose is admitted to a London hospital and is represented in the court case by city lawyer Cecil Miller.
During last Tuesday’s hearing, Ngilu repeatedly contradicted herself, prompting angry reactions from MPs who accused her engaging in cover-up tactics to deny the committee vital information on the real owner of the land.
The committee ordered her to get the required information after she appeared not to have answers to the questions raised by MPs, and only said there could be gaps at the Lands Registry, an anomaly that she blamed on the delayed digitisation of land records.
The MPs were further frustrated when Ngilu presented a chronology of the history of the land ownership, claiming that it was sold to Telesource Limited by Arnold Bradley through his firm Kikangata Mines in 1983, the same year Muchanga claimed to have acquired the land.
But Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo pointed out that documents submitted by the CS indicated that Telesource was registered in 2005 and could not have been the owner in 1983 as claimed.
Ngilu later told the committee that Telesource bought the land in 2005 from one John Mugo Kamau and that in 2011 the company was issued with deed plans and survey maps after complaining that Muchanga was subdividing the land.
This prompted a flurry of accusations from MPs after it emerged that at the time Mugo is claimed to have owned the land, a caveat imposed on it in 1997 after suspected fraud had not been lifted.