26 April 2014

Kenya: Former ICT PS Bitange Ndemo On the Spot Over Konza Land

Former permanent secretary for ICT Bitange Ndemo could be charged with fraud in regards to the Konza technopolis land which cost the government1 billion shillings.

According to the criminal investigations department Ndemo alongside Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama, law society chairman Eric Mutua, commissioner in the commission of implementation of the constitution Kamotho Waiganjo, former Lands Commissioner Zablon Mabea and others should be charged with fraud, theft and forgery in the purchase of the Malili ranch.

Ndemo is also accused of not carrying out a search at the registration of lands on the property and also ignored directives of the solicitor general on sale agreement and the percentage of money to be paid before the process commences as an undertaking.

"Buying land in Kenya is problematic. #Konza due diligence was done to the best of my knowledge." Ndemo said in a twitter post.

The CID says it has already written to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Keriako Tobiko recommending prosecution of the former PS charged for not taking due diligence while acquiring the 5,000 acre piece of land with shareholders of the land saying they had not authorized for its sale.

Other shareholders say they are yet to get any money from the sale while those who have received the money say they were underpaid with many getting between 160,000 to 460,000 shillings against the expected 1.56 million shillings.

It is however the law society boss Eric Mutua who is alleged to be the main mastermind in the scandal.

Mutua is said to have irregularly paid 147.6 million shillings for plots to the government and was also unable to account for over 14.5 million shillings found in his account as well as an extra Sh9.3 million in interest earned on a fixed deposit account bearing proceeds of the sale.

Machakos senator is on the other hand accused of enabling the change of office bearers at Malili ranch as well as alongside Mutua forging minutes of a board of directors meeting.

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