Deputy President William Ruto with his lawyer Kioko Kilukumi who has filed civil suit against four senators and member of national assembly for allegedly linking him with Karen land scandal.
BY SAM ALFAN.
Deputy President William Ruto has filed civil suit against four senators and member of national assembly for allegedly linking him with Karen land scandal.
The DP has sought permanent injunction against senators, Johnstone Muthama, Elizabeth Ongoro, Boni Khalwale and James Orengo.
Suna East members of parliament Junet Mohamed has also been sued as well.
DP claim that the five had called a press conference on 16 October 2014 in which they ready a statement that linked him Karen land which is at the center of controversy.
He seeks an order to have them restrained from making such statements and publicly apologize.
The leaders had claimed that top government officials, including Deputy President William Ruto, Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu and Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero are linked to the land tussle.
CORD leaders are expected to appear before the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) to present evidence on claims they made about the disputed Karen land.
This follows a request by the Commission for Senators Johnston Muthama, James Orengo and other leaders to bring forward whatever information they have on grabbers of the disputed land to help in the investigations.
The EACC probe was initiated following a request by Ngilu who called for thorough investigations on the matter and action taken against anyone found culpable.
The Lands Cabinet Secretary challenged the Opposition to present the evidence linking the senior government officials to the controversial piece of land.
President Uhuru Kenyatta also added his voice on the matter and warned leaders against making outrageous claims and even dropping people’s names in scandals without substantiating their claims.
The officer Commanding station in Langata and the OCPD were directed by the high court to ensure that no activities are undertaken on the 134 acre prime land located in Karen who is at the center of dispute.
This even as the ministry of lands claims that the contested land valued at 8 billion shillings does not belong to businessman Da Gama Rose. The ministry says that documents at the registry show that the registered proprietor is former NSSF managing trustee’s Jos Konzolo’s Telesocurce.Com limited.
High court judge Lucy Nyambura has directed all the parties involved in the land tussle pitting business tycoon Da Gama Rose on one side against others to stop any activities on the 134 acre land in Karen. Nyambura warned the parties after it emerged that some people have already subdivided the land.
The matter is scheduled to come up for mention on the 28th of this month where the court will ascertain compliance of the orders.
Da Gama says that Lands CS’s PA Mary Ndunga and Nairobi County AP Commandant Francis Mburu instructed police officers and unknown people to forcefully take over the 134.4 acres of prime land in Nairobi’s Karen area in spite a court order stopping the acquisition.
Da Gama Rose whose company is Muchanga limited moved to court last month and obtained an order restraining the ministry of lands and Konzolo’s Telesource.com from encroaching or trespassing on the land.
At the centre of the dispute is city businessman Horatius Da Gama Rose and former National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Managing Trustee Jos Konzolo, the owner of a company called Telesource, which claims ownership of the 134-acre land.
According to the DP the statement meant he is corrupt and land grabber who should not hold public office, the file will be placed before duty judge civil division today for directions.