Powerful politicians illegally allocated Sabaki ADC land

Sabaki ADC landFormer minister Simeon Nyachae

Powerful politicians and retired President Daniel Moi’s relatives are among beneficiaries of irregular allocation of Sabaki ADC land in Magarini, Kilifi county.

A report tabled before the parliamentary committee on land revealed that Gideon Toroitich, a relative to retired President Moi, together with former powerful Cabinet minister Simeon Nyachae gave out the land to powerful people in the Moi government in unclear circumstances.

The document tabled on Tuesday said Nyachae was among 125 individuals and companies who benefitted from the large tracts of land.

From the documents tabled by Agriculture CAS Andrew Tumuir, it appears that powerful individuals who served in Moi’s government dominate the list of people allocated the prime land.

According to the documents, Nyachae bought 17.815 acres in 2006 at Sh343,000 despite the land, according to ADC, not being on sale.

Former Moi ally and powerful politician Ezekiel Barng’etuny was allocated 14 acres in 1995 for Sh288,000.

Among the big names that benefitted from the illegal transations were former minister Katana Ngala, late former Cabinet ministers Kipkalya Kones, former Egerton University vice chancellor James Tuitoek Francis, Kiprui Sang, former assistant minister Abubakary Badawy, former MP Jonathan Katana Nzai and Kanu nominated senator in the 11th Parliament Ziporah Kitony.

The National Assembly’s Lands Committee heard that land sales to powerful and well-connected politicians from 1994 to 2006 was not endorsed by the ADC board.

MPs Nyamai, Michael Kingi (Magarini), Teddy Mwambire (Ganze), Owen Baya (Kilifi North) and Catherine Waruguru (Laikipia Woman Representative) questioned the ADC’s commitment in repossessing the land. It emerged that ADC has done nothing to regain the land.

“You have never gone to court or written to any investigative agencies over the land and here you are claiming that you want the land back,” Nyamai said.

Kenya’s anti-corruption board froze any further transactions on the land in 2010 but this was after the state-funded parastatal had sold 66 per cent of the 912.38 contested land, mainly to powerful individuals issued them with title deeds.

The remaining 33 per cent of the farm had also been sold but only the title documents had not been transferred to the buyers.

Tumuir confirmed to the committee that ADC raised Sh42, 483,180 from the sale of the land.

Sabaki ADC land

Before independence, the residents of Sabaki ward were forcefully evicted by the colonial government to pave way for establishment of the Kisima Farm owned by a foreign national.

Despite the forceful eviction, no compensation was done.

After Independence, the Kenyan government repossessed the farm, including the land, and vested it to ADC, a state corporation. It was later renamed Sabaki Farm.

In the petition, the residents wanted Parliament to have them resettled on the Sabaki ADC farm. They say this is their ancestral land grabbed by the colonialists.

“We pray that the National Assembly through the department of Lands committee cause the National Land Commission with a view of revoking all the title deeds issued to individuals who were illegally allocated land,” read part of the petition

Source: the star

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