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Swazuri due before MPs over ouster bid

Swazuri is required to respond to allegations that he received a Sh1 million bribe from the petitioner, former journalist Mugo Njeru/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 29 – National Land Commission (NLC) Chairman Mohammad Swazuri will Wednesday morning appear before the National Assembly Lands Committee to answer accusations raised in a petition seeking his removal from office.

Swazuri is required to respond to allegations that he received a Sh1 million bribe from the petitioner, former journalist Mugo Njeru.

Njeru and his wife Edith Wairimu accuse Swazuri of demanding a bribe of Sh1.2 million to be compensated for their land which the government acquired for the Standard Gauge Railway project.

The petitioner’s 80 acres is located off Mombasa Road in Nairobi and he told the committee that a surveyor from the Lands Ministry mapped out the disputed land and wrote a report confirming that he was the owner.

Njeru accompanied by his lawyer Ndegwa Njiru told MPs that Swazuri agreed to a Sh1 million bribe after informing him that he could not raise an extra Sh200,000.

MPs took issue with Njeru’s fraudulent revelations and demanded he comes clear whether he sought the committee’s intervention after his deal with officials went sour.

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