A Mombasa court has dismissed an application to block Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) from recovering public land worth Ksh2.4B grabbed from Moi International Airport.
The EACC suit for recovery of the grabbed Mombasa Airport land and the Kesh984,393,705.00 illegal compensation will now continue to its logical conclusion
In rejecting the preliminary objection by former National Land Commission (NLC) Chief Executive Officer Tom Aziz Chavangi and co-defendants in the recovery case, Justice Stephen Kibunja said that the objection lacked merit.
The compensation was made by the National Land Commission (NLC) in the compulsory acquisition of land for the construction of the SGR and the Dongo – Kundu Kipevu Road Project in Mombasa.
In objecting to the EACC suit, the defendants had argued that similar matters were pending before other courts while the issues raised had, according to them, been resolved before courts of law.
The grabbed Airport land includes part of the Moi International Airport runway, a UN support base, a Kenyan Military Base, and its Watchtower.
In the case, EACC has sued the Mombasa-based East African Gas Company Limited, the current registered owner of all the grabbed parcels of land, former Managing Director of the Kenya Airports Authority Peter Kipyegon Lagat, former Commissioner of Lands Wilson Gacanja, former NLC CEO Tom Aziz Chavangi, former NLC Director of Valuation Salome Munubi and eight others.
The Directors of East African Gas Company Limited include Joshua Chelelgo Kulei, Caroline Jebet Kigen, and Kipkurui Kimosop.
The fraudulent acquisition of the Airport land deprived the Government of a strategic asset for the administration, control, management, and advancement of state operations relating to Moi International Airport, Mombasa.