National Lands Commission

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission detectives on Thursday raided the homes of National Lands Commission top bosses over corruption allegations.

The homes of NLC chairman, Muhammed Swazuri, Vice-Chair Abigail Mbagaya, CEO Tom Chavangi and other top management personnel were among those raided in the early hours of the morning.

Citizen Digital reports that a source at the Commission confirmed the raids. The source also said that the raids are a result of allegations of irregular compensation for the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) Project Affected Persons ( PAPs).

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The EACC detectives are said to have confiscated documents that would facilitate their investigation.

Muhammad Swazuri has in the past been linked with corrupt practices regarding the compensation scheme. In March, former journalist Mugo Njeru filed a petition before the Parliamentary Lands Committee seeking to have him removed for soliciting a Ksh 1.2 million bribe. The bribe was meant to be payment to facilitate compensation for a one-acre piece of land used during the construction of the SGR.

Speaking before the committee, Mr. Njeru said one acre of his eight acres of land along Mombasa road was acquired for the purpose of building the SGR. For his compensation, Swazuri asked him to pay the bribe through his lawyer Elijah Fadhili Yahaa to facilitate it.

Mr. Njeru told the committee that in 2015, he was told to go to Mombasa where he was to meet Mr. Swazuri over the deal and that he should carry Ksh 1.2 million as he could not see the chairman empty handed. He was also told that the money was meant to be shared among National Lands Commission commissioners.

“In 2015 I told Mr. Elijah Fadhili that I could not raise the Ksh 1.2 million but I had Ksh 1 million. We met with Swazuri in Mombasa at Rotus Hotel but he refused to take the money saying I should give it to his lawyer who knows how the money will get to him,” said Njeru.

As headway was being made with proceedings, Swazuri moved to court to restrain the Parliamentary Lands Committee from hearing the petition. The court order stopped parliament who extended the hearing to May this year.

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