14 March 2014

Kenya: DPP Wants Kimunya Charged Over Land

Nairobi — The Director of Public Prosecutions has authorised charges against former Cabinet Minister Amos Kimunya and two others over the irregular allocation of a piece of land to a firm where he was a director.

DPP Keriako Tobiko says when Kimunya was Lands Minister; he caused the land to be allocated to M/s Midlands Limited, a company where he was a director and shareholder without the consent of the Ministry of Agriculture.

The 25-acre piece of land in Nyandarua was part of 75 acres belonging to the Ministry of Agriculture that had been reserved for a potatoes seed multiplication project.

"Following an investigation and recommendation by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), the DPP has authorised charges of abuse of office and fraudulent disposal and acquisition of public property against Hon Amos Kimunya, Lillian Njenga, formerly Director of Land Adjudication and Junghae Wainaina, the Chairman of the Board of M/s Midlands Limited," read a statement from the DPP's office.

Kimunya served as Lands and Settlement Minister in former President Mwai Kibaki's National Alliance Rainbow Coalition (NARC) government from 2002 to February 2006, after which he was moved to the Finance docket.

The DPP emphasised that the trio is entitled to a fair trial and urged the general public against commenting on the matter.

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