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Murathe, Atwoli and Jirongo Summoned By EACC in a Ksh 250M Land Saga.

Concerning a Ksh. 250 million land dispute, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) is looking into Jubilee Party Vice-Chairman David Murathe, former Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo, COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli, and former Speaker Kenneth Marende.

Albino Abuog and George Khaniri are among those allegedly involved in the scheme to cheat the Kenyan government.

According to reports, Atwoli received most of the payment—Ksh.60 million—while Jirongo and Murathe each received Ksh.25 million and Ksh.20.6 million. Kenneth Marende allegedly collected Ksh.3 million, Albino Abuog Ksh.38 million, and George Khaniri Ksh.5 million.

The earnings, according to a source at the anti-graft organization, were acquired through compensation for land in Nairobi known as L.R. No. 209/11887.

Public utilities, A.E.F. Rueben Primary School, a health center, a police station, and a vocational center are all currently located on the land.

According to reports, A.E.F. Reuben Primary School has been on the property since 1986. Until 1998, when Nairobi County took control of it and recognized it as a public school, it was run by the Mukuru Promotion Center and supported by the Africa Education Fund.

According to our sources, it is alleged that a senior military official requested and was granted the plot of property. He eventually sold it to Kuza Farms & Allied Limited in 1990.

Since then, KUZA has not built on or occupied the site. However, the property parcel in question was employed as security for a facility at some point in 1993. "Since then, neither KUZA has developed nor occupied the area. The subject parcel of land, however, was used as security for a loan of Kshs. 1,650,000,000/- taken out by Sololo Outlets Limited in favor of Post Bank Credit Limited at some point in 1993, which resulted in the registration of a charge against the title of the subject parcel of land "the source claims.

The original title belonged to Post Bank Credit Limited until it went into liquidation and was taken over by the Deposit Protection Fund Board (now Kenya Deposit Insurance Corporation) because the borrower failed to make the required loan payments.

Since then, Ksh.19.8 billion in arrears on the loan taken against the land have accumulated, bringing legal action against the National Land Commission, Nairobi City County, the A.E.F. Reuben Primary School Board of Directors, and Nairobi City County.

In the lawsuit, Kuza demanded trespass compensation as well as the demolition of buildings on the parcel of land in question.

The EACC said, "The suit was not decided on the merits because parties participated in out-of-court negotiations leading to a consent that was ultimately approved as a decree of the court on August 1, 2016."

The report continues, "The provisions of the ruling provided that the defendants in the litigation had to pay Kuza Farms & Allied Limited jointly and severally compensation for its land known as L.R. No. 209/11887 at an all-inclusive price of Kenya Shillings Two Hundred and Fifty Million.'' the source states.

Information obtained by our source shows that Kuza had to remove all encumbrances that had been filed against the title to the relevant block of land before the compensation amount could be paid.

Additionally, Kuza was expected to complete all transfer paperwork and turn over a clear title to the County Government of Nairobi for the in-question land tract.

Our source claims that the Kenya Deposit Insurance Company still retained the title in 2020, thus the county government of Nairobi reimbursed Kuza despite not adhering to the decree's requirements (KDIC).

According to the source, "immediately after the County Government handed out the funds, the money was split and transferred through law firms to different organizations."


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