THE State intends to consolidate three separate fraud cases involving a huge tract of land in Eldoret, worth nearly Sh1billion, that was allegedly grabbed from a widow 20 years ago.
Nairobi Chief Magistrate, Kiarie Waweru Kiarie, will formally mention the cases on December 3 when the prosecution will make the application. Defence lawyers for the seven accused persons, who including civil servants and businessmen, are expected to lodge their preliminary objections.
Senior Counsel Paul Muite, who is representing Canadian businessman Bahadurali Nurani, explained to Waweru that the complainant, Anna Nyongio Kimitei, has expressed the desire to withdraw allegations against two of the accused persons. But the prosecution denied knowledge of such overtures.
Muite claimed the widow wants to withdraw the case against Nurani and former Lands Registrar, Agnes Wangui Kuria. The other accused persons are former Eldoret lands Regisrra Tom Mainja Chepwkwesi, former Uasin Gishu District Commissioner, Benjamin Rotich, former Manadging Director of Kenya Pipeline Corporation, Ezekiel Komen and businessmen Eric Kibiwott Tarus and Benjamin Kuto.
They are alleged to have jointly conspired to defraud Nyongio of 795 acres of land in Uasin Gishu County-valued at Sh954,000,000 between March 13, 1985 and September 25, 2009. The offences were committed at the Lands ministry headquarters in Nairobi and its regional offices in Eldoret.
Nairobi Senior Principal Magistrate, Lucy Mbugua, postponed the hearing of the case to await directions by Waweru on December 3.