Senate Wants CS Matiang'i Investigated Over Ruaraka Land Scandal

  • A Senate committee probing the Ruaraka Land Scandal wants Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i investigated and possibly prosecuted.

    The Senators recommended that the former Education CS Matiang'i and current Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang' be held responsible for greenlighting the controversial purchase of a 13-acre piece of land despite a Quality Assurance and Standards Assesment having established that it was public land.

    The Committee on Justice, Legal Affairs and Human Rights which issued their report on Wednesday wants the duo investigated by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) within three months.

    "Carry out investigations on the circumstances that caused the then Education CS Matiang'i and Kipsang to ignore recommendations of the quality assurance and standards assessment report," the report read in part.

    They will be barred from holding public office if found culpable.

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    The report by the Quality Assurance and Standards task force was submitted to Matiang'i and Kipsang on February 3, 2017, clearly indicating that the land on which Ruaraka High School and Drive-in Primary School sit on was public land.

    11 months later, however, the duo approved payment of Sh1.5 billion to city businessman Francis Mburu who claims ownership of the parcel of land which neighbours GSU headquarters, De La Rue and the Kenya School of Monetary Studies.

    The Senate Committee report also wants National Land Commission (NLC) Chair Mohammed Swazuri investigated by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), DPP and EACC within three months.

    He is accused alongside other senior NLC officials of flouting public finance procedures and 'causing loss of public funds amounting to Ksh1,500,000,000.'

    Other NLC bosses the Senators want investigated include Vice-Chairperson Abigael Mukolwe, Tom Konyimbih (Commissioner), Tom Chavangi (CEO) and Salome L. Munubi (Director, Valuation and Taxation).

    [caption caption="NLC Chair Mohammed Swazuri"][/caption]