National Land Commission Chairman Prof Mohammed Abdalla Swazuri, Commission’s CEO Tom Aziz Chavangi as well as Kenya Railways MD Atanas Kariuki Maina have been arrested by EACC officers over alleged fraud in SGR land compensation.
The three are among are among 7 suspects expected to be arraigned in court on Monday over the same.
Others arrested include Dr Salome Munubi who is the Director of valuation and taxation at the Commission, Commission’s Director of Finance and Administration Francis Karimi Mugo, Gladys Mwikali Muyanga the Land registrar at the Ministry of Lands and Physical planning and a licensed surveyor Mr Obadiah Mbugua Wainanina.
Others being sought by EACC include Elijah Mwenda Nyamu an assistant land surveyor at Kenya Railways, Caroline Kituyi a registrar of titles at the Ministry of Lands, Peter Ng’ang’a Mburu a registrar of titles at the Ministry, Victor Wahome Kariuki a land surveyor at kenya Railways, John Mwangi Mwaniki a senior land surveyor at the Ministry of Lands, David Some, Esther Chebte Some alias Esther Fura Some, Dasahe investments limited, Keibukwo investments limited and Olomotit estate limited.
According to EACC the seven are in the commission’s custody after the office of the DPP consented to charges against them in regard to SGR land compensation which was done in two phases.
In a statement the DPP says investigations have revealed that the Ministry of Lands irregularly allocated and registered parcels of land situated in the railway reserve .
Further NLC officials fully cognisant of the irregular allocation proceeded to illegally award and compensate the entities and persons in whose favour the fraudulent registration was done.
EACC says the entire illegal compensation exercise was done with the full knowledge of the Kenya Railways corporation.