Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has sent 30 lands ministry officials on compulsory leave following a building approvals scandal in Mavoko Sub County.
Mutua said preliminary administrative investigations and audit had unearthed a major scam where the county had lost millions of shillings in underhand dealings.
The governor said the scam included undercharging of building approvals, approvals without valid proof of ownership, suspected fake payment receipts not supported by deposits among others.
Those suspended include the director of physical planning Mutua Mutisya, sub county administrator Jackson Kiio,sub county planner Titus Mulinge and Mavoko sub county engineer Mathei Mwanza.
He announced the officers suspension outside the Mavoko town hall in a press conference also attended by his deputy Francis Maliti, advisor on ethics and corruption issues, Hyslop Ipu, chief officers of public works and treasury, Kimeu Kimeu and Jacinta Masila respectively.
“The suspended officers will not be allowed to report to their work places unless accompanied by police officers” the governor said.
Mutua at the same time disclosed all the suspended employees will be subjected to a lifestyle audit and are required to submit copies of their identity cards and personal identification number.
He added that the directorate of criminal investigations have taken up the matter and those found culpable will not be spared.
The governor added that the audit had also revealed the existence of numerous brokers and cartels in the scam.
The Mavoko land registry was closed on September 3 to pave way for the audit and allow reorganization and consequently improve delivery of service.
Last weekend two men were arrested outside the Mavoko lands office posing as government officials working in the building approvals department.
The duo were charged in court yesterday with various offenses pertaining to land scams.