Swazuri & 10 others to spend Easter holiday in custody after facing charges

Former National Land Commission Muhammad Swazuri and 10 others will spend the Easter holiday behind bars after they were charged at the Anti-Corruption Court in Milimani.

This is after the Chief Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi deferred their bail ruling over the Sh100 million irregular compensation for a parcel of land in Mombasa to Tuesday next week.

They were charged with conspiracy to commit an economic crime, abuse of office and financial misconduct over construction of the Southern Bypass and the Kipevu Terminal link road in October 2013.

Other charges against them include the unlawful acquisition of public property, fraudulent acquisition, dealing with suspect property and money laundering.

Twelve other suspects being sought were directed to report to Integrity Centres on Tuesday failure to which warrants of arrest will be issued against the.

The probe relates to irregular payment of compensation by NLC to Tornado Carriers Limited for compulsory acquisition for the land.

The Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA) had requested NLC to acquire land for the construction of southern bypass and Kipevu New Highway Container Terminal link road in October 2013.

A valuation was undertaken which showed the value of the land in 2015 was Sh34.5 million and an award was made to Tornado Carriers Limited for the sum which they rejected forcing Swazuri to order valuation department to undertake a fresh valuation.

The team returned a staggering figure of Sh109.7 million for the same parcel of land in January 2017.

KeNHA remitted to NLC Sh109.7 million and the commission paid Tornado Carriers Limited Sh55.2 million and the advocate Sh54.5 million. 

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