Swazuri to spend 7 more days 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 will spend seven more days in custody awaiting a ruling on whether his Sh12 million cash bail should be reviewed.

Mr Swazuri was slammed with Sh12 million cash bail after denying charges of  conspiring to commit corruption through fraudulent payment of Sh109 million.

The payment is in relation to the compulsory acquisition of land from Tornado Carriers on behalf of Kenya National Highways Authority.

Swazuri was charged with several others on.

Mr Swazuri’s terms were Sh12 million cash bail or Sh30 million bond, but he applied for a review on Wednesday saying they were unjust, unreasonably high and in contravention of Article 49 of the Constitution.

Others slammed with the Sh12 million cash bail are former commissioner Emma Njogu, former NLC chief executive Tom Aziz Chavangi, Valuation and Taxation Director Salome Munubi, Finance and Administration Director Francis Mugo and lawyer Catherine Wanjiru Chege.

Samuel Rugongo was granted freedom on Sh6 million cash bail or Sh15 million bond while Sostemah Ogero Taracha was ordered to deposit a cash bail of Sh3 million.

Ms Lilian Savai Kaverenge, Ms Evahmary Wachera and Michael Oloo were released on cash bails of Sh1.5 million each.

They denied more than 20 counts including corruption, abuse of office, financial misconduct, fraudulent acquisition of public funds and money laundering.

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