EACC probes SGR payments by National Land Commission


31 Aug 2015 | by
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EACC probes SGR payments by National Land Commission

Several National Land Commission (NLC) officials are under investigations by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) over one and half billion shillings payments compensation to individuals and companies for construction of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).............

Several National Land Commission (NLC) officials are under investigations by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) over one and half billion shillings payments compensation to individuals and companies for construction of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).

EACC has written to NLC CEO Tom Chavangi requesting for details on the way payments were processed for compensation of the land acquired by NLC in Embakasi and Athi River for the SGR.

The letter from EACC dated 13th August 2015 addressed to the NLC asks the Commissioners to present themselves to Integrity Centre for questioning and provide documents on how payments to specific individuals and companies were made even after the EACC had urged caution.

Some of the summoned NLC officials include those from the legal, valuation and finance sections.

Tom Chavangi, the NLC Chief Executive Officer, who is among those summoned for questioning is reported to be out of the country on official duty. The other officials have not been questioned too but contents of the letter mention some of the senior NLC officials also wanted for questioning.

EACC wants to question them over NLC’s decision to compensate some of the beneficiaries and yet exclude Darfur Dupoto welfare group members from Embakasi whose 168 acres of land that has been acquired for the SGR construction.

Darfur Dupoto welfare group formally lodged a complaint for being excluded from compensation noting that individuals with fake titles were being considered for compensation while genuine owners were excluded.

The anti graft detectives seek to know why the Mohammed Swazuri led team authorized payments to entities despite being warned by EACC not to.

“We want to know why the proceeded to authorize the payments even after receiving a letter from EACC asking them to stop the payments until pending queries are cleared,” an EACC official said.

The NLC chairman Mohammed Swazuri had said that Darfur Dupoto Welfare group would be among those to be compensated after visiting them earlier compensated.

There are among 28 different groups that had laid claim to the SGR land although NLC revoked 15 title deeds found to be fake while 12 others are still under investigation.

Swazuri, in his letter  dated 31st July 2015 addressed to the Chief Land Registrar did not include Darfur Dupoto Welfare group among beneficiaries of the Sh 1.5 billion payout to 15 land owners in Athi River and Embakasi.

“The National Land Commission upon receipt of complaints from the County Government of Nairobi and other interested members of the public undertook review grants and depositions   of public land to establish their legality or propriety. The commission via a public notice in the national dailies invited all interested parties to appear before it to inspect documents and make written representations and submissions. The Commission held public hearings on 8th-10th June 2015,” the letter from the NLC chairman reads.

The NLC chairman also revoked 17 titles but regularized and upheld 14 others including Amb (Rtd)) Sergon Milicons, , Bakhresa Grain Ltd and Mary Odhiambo.

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