Babu Owino Demands Ksh920K Refund From Govt

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta and Embakasi East MP Paul Ongili aka Babu Owino on Friday, August 21, at KICC, Nairobi during the issuance of title deeds.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta and Embakasi East MP Paul Ongili aka Babu Owino on Friday, August 21, at KICC, Nairobi during the issuance of title deeds.
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  • Embakasi East MP Babu Owino, on Wednesday, September 23, demanded a refund of Ksh 920,000 from the state.

    In a statement addressed to the National Social Security Fund (NSSF), the outspoken lawmaker stated that a section of Embakasi East residents had made an excess payment of Ksh 920,000 while acquiring land parcels from the fund.

    He claimed that NSSF was charging them the money to provide social amenities such as roads which he claimed to have already taken over.

    "That National Social Security Fund initiated the sale of land in Tassia II and III in my constituency some years back through a tenancy purchase agreement structure.

    NSSF building in Nairobi's Upper Hill.
    NSSF building in Nairobi's Upper Hill.
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    "However, my constituents had each made a further payment of Ksh920,000 over and above the purchase of the land towards an infrastructure fee that would see roads and other amenities available...I have been working hard to ensure that my constituents have these amenities available," wrote Babu.

    For the land parcels, he explained that President Uhuru Kenyatta had issued titles to the individuals who made the purchase.

    "This is to request the speedy refund of these funds to those who have paid to enable them to utilise them elsewhere since we already constructed most of the roads and [are] in the process of constructing more," he added.

    Owino has, in the past, been at loggerheads with NSSF chairman retired Major General Julius Karangi over the title deeds.

    The legislator had taken to Facebook on October 3, 2019 to rally his constituents to storm the NSSF and Ministry of Lands offices and kick out officials over the delay of the issuance title deeds.

    Karangi wrote back to him requesting to have the demonstration halted and the lawmaker obliged.

    At the time, the chairman had assured him that they were working with officials from the Ministry of Lands to ensure a quick release of the title deeds of the land they had sold to Embakasi residents.

    "We have received written assurances (attached below) that the NSSF is working with the Ministry of Lands to process the documents for our Embakasi East people as fast as possible," he assured his residents at the time.

    Watch Babu Owino's video below: