DPP orders fresh probe on MP Gideon Mung’aro over land dispute

By Agnes Mwangangi

The Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko has ordered fresh investigations into a land dispute involving Kilifi North MP Gideon Mung’aro.

The matter touches on land transfers at the controversial Chembe  Kibabamshe Settlement Scheme in Kilifi.

Mung’aro is accused of playing a key role in 2010 as a prosecution witness in the case terminated following an application by the DPP in March last year.

Tobiko has now ordered a new probe to be led by detectives from Nairobi. Last year, the DPP said the case had been improperly investigated by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations in Malindi six years ago.

Among the people Tobiko wants investigated is former Commissioner for Lands Zablon Mabeya and Karisa Mole Mbitha, a former employee of the MP, Karisa’s co-worker, John Rick, and lawyer Maurice Kilonzo, who allegedly took part in the land transfers.

Tobiko wants detectives to determine whether Mung’aro gave Karisa the power of attorney in the complex land transactions that involved about 440 land properties that were partially nullified by the High Court in Malindi last year.

Elsewhere, Njoro MP Joseph Kiuna has denied any links with a group of land brokers accused of swindling residents of millions of shillings.  The residents claim they were promised to have their names included in the list of beneficiaries of the Kisima farm resettlement scheme.

Condemning the said brokers Kiuna claimed he had not given any instructions for collection of money from the residents calling on those affected to seek legal redress.

Addressing the press in Nakuru town Kiuna thanked the government for allowing 45 former employees of Kisima farm now turned squatters, to be included in the list of the IDPs scheduled to be resettled at the farm.

He said the group has withdrawn a case filed in court over the matter and called on the surveyors charged with the responsibility of subdividing the land to do so urgently to help settle the beneficiaries as soon as possible.

Kiuna also appealed to the government to consider resettling the integrated IDPs whom he said were living in deplorable conditions in slum areas of Njoro constituency.


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