Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Former Lands commissioner arrested over sale of public land

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has on Monday morning arrested former Lands Commissioner and two others over the illegal sale of a public land.

Mr. Wilson Gachanja was arrested alongside Zablon Mabeya and Jabu Salim Mohamed who are former Senior Lands officer in charge of Coast Province and Physical Planner in the Ministry respectively.

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The three who are currently being held at EACC Integrity Centre Police Station are accused of aiding the sale of the public land valued at Ksh 30 million in Diani, Kwale County.

“Former commissioner of Lands Wilson Gachanja and 2 Senior Land Officials arrested by EACC in Nairobi this morning have been moved to Mombasa to be charged before the Mombasa Anti-Corruption Court today, in the afternoon from 3:30p.m.

EACC has this morning arrested Wilson Gachanja – Former Commissioner of Lands, Zablon Mabeya – Former, Senior Lands officer in charge of Coast Province and Jabu Salim Mohamed- Physical Planner in the Ministry for aiding grabbing of public land by private developers.

The public land in question is a public access road- Kwale Diani/Beach Block/1072 valued at Kshs.30,000,000.00. The suspects are currently in custody at EACC Integrity Centre Police Station. They will be moved to Mombasa to appear in Court on Tuesday, 21st June 2022.” Said EACC

Speaking after the news was EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak who noted that both Wilson Gachanja and Zablon Mabeya have featured in various public land recovery suits brought before them.

““Notably, Wilson Gachanja and Zablon Mabeya feature prominently in the various public land recovery suits that EACC has filed in court. EACC seeks to hold all persons involved in public land grabbing to account. More related investigations are underway” Said EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak

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Berryl Achieng
Berryl Achieng
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