Suspended cabinet secretary charity Ngilu,at Milimani law courts where she appeared before senior principal magistrate Lawrence Mugambi facing a charge of obstructing investigations
BY ISHMAEL OLE MATI.
Embattled and Suspended Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu may have smiled too early before she was off the hook.
The CS was on Friday morning line up in court to face charges of abuse of Office.
The abuse of office are in reference to an alleged illegal transfer of land to Telesource.com, an entity involved in a separate land tussle in a pending court case.
The charges began after the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission recommendations to the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko that the CS had obstructed investigations.
The DPP approved the charges and Friday, she was arraigned in court.
However, Mrs Ngilu lawyer Paul Muite objected the charge sheet.
The charge sheet reads that between 2005 and October 2014, at Ardhi House in Nairobi County, Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu conspired with nine others to in the lands registry to change registration documents of a 134.4 acres parcel of land.
Senior counsel Muite wanted the CS Ngilu case to be heard separately since she is only facing one count and that the charges facing his client were not related.
Muite asked the prosecution to make a separate charge sheet before Ngilu could take the plea.
But, the Deputy DPP Hodari objected saying the charges were inter-related.
Sarah Mwenda, Geofrey Swanya, Wanjiku Gatimu, Mark Muigai, Josephat Konzolo, Telesource.com limited and James Mbaluka are listed in the charge sheet seen by Smart Sam News, dated June 19, 2015.
The land is allegedly said to belong to Telesource.com limited. There is a pending legal dispute in another court over the same parcel of land.
She did not go ahead to take plea to the charges of obstruction of investigations by the EACC officials.
On a second count, Mrs Ngilu is accused of concealing Tilte deeds contrary to section 288 of the penal code.
The CS is charged together with the Chief Lands registrar, deputy chief lands registrar, senior deputy director of survey, and registrar of titles.
Detectives accuse them of being employees of the government who jointly intended to commit fraud. This is by declining to give the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission officers with genuine documents of LR. No. 3585/3 measuring 134.4 acres situated in Karen, Nairobi.
The Controversial Karen Land remains on the spot where the CS lands on another account is charged of concealing evidence which was to be used in an investigation, under the Anti-corruption and economic crimes Act,over the same parcel of land.
More, Mrs Ngilu is suspected of instructing officers in her docket from giving any documents regarding the Karen land or even recording any statements.
In a turn of events, the CS is facing charges that in the backdrop, be opening up room into the Karen land investigations.
Mark Muigai Wanderi, the registrar of Titles, is said to have aided Telesource.com under Mrs Ngilu instructions to allow subdivisions of the Karen Land into 180 plots and issued lease certificates illegally against the law.
Polly Wanjiku is accused of obtaining a title deed fraudulently, contrary to the appropriate law.
The court will deliver a ruling on 26th June, 2015, if the CS will be charged jointly with officials in her office. She was released on a Sh1 million cash bail pending the ruling.