By EUNICE MACHUHI
Posted Thursday, June 11 2009 at 20:42
Three MPs are among dozens of individuals and firms accused of taking possession of state property unlawfully. Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission has moved to court to seek orders against the individuals and companies.
The leaders are former Lands commissioner and current Baringo Central East MP Sammy Mwaita, former permanent secretary and current Kuresoi MP Zakayo Cheruiyot and Lamu West MP Fahim Yassin Twaha.
There are 31 other individuals and eight companies enjoined in the 16 suits filed at the High Court in Mombasa. The Anti-Corruption Commission said that according to investigations, those sued acquired 20 houses built on government land in Nyali some nine years ago.
The four-bedroom houses were built between 1974 and 1977. They were meant for senior staff of Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority and the Department of Meteorology.
The houses were then entered into the government building register. But in 2000, the defendants are said to have illegally used the survey plan prepared by the government and registered with the Director of Surveys to register a grant in their names.
The registration was done without approval or consent of the Civil Aviation Board, ministries of Lands, Transport and Finance. It was also done without referring to government financial regulations or bond of survey procedures.
Anti-corruption investigator David Okwama said he was informed by Mr A. H. Swedi, the chief air traffic control officer at the Civil Aviation Authority that one of the houses was also demolished by some defendants after they established that the previous occupant retired from the authority and vacated the house.
The same defendants were on the site to demolish the remaining structures and put up a perimeter fence. The commission is now seeking injunction orders to preserve the properties and restrain the defendants or their agents from disposing of, wasting or interfering with them until determination of the cases.