Swazuri to spend Easter holiday in custody

NLC ChairmanFormer NLC Chairman Muhammad Swazuri (right) with other individuals when they were charged at a Milimani court with corruption related offences on Thursday, April 18, 2019. PHOTO | COURTESY

Former National Land Commission Chairman Muhammad Swazuri and 10 others will spend their Easter holiday in custody awaiting their bond ruling on Tuesday.

Swazuri and his co-accused were on Thursday arraigned before the Anti-corruption court in Nairobi to answer charges of fraudulent compensation of land in Mombasa.

They denied the charges and the court ordered that they remain in custody until Tuesday for ruling on their bond application.

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The land in question was acquired by NLC on behalf of the Kenya National Highways Authority for the construction of the Mombasa Southern Bypass and Kipevu New Highway Container Terminal link road in 2013.

The land belonging to Tornado Carriers Limited was initially valued at Sh34,501,110 in 2015 but the commission ended up paying Sh109,769,363 after Dr Swazuri ordered a second valuation.

The accused faced several charges, including conspiracy to commit an economic crime, abuse of office, financial misconduct and money laundering.

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