Governor Mike Sonko recently sent out senior officers at the lands and legal departments in Nairobi county whom he claimed were colluding with unscrupulous companies to grab land from vulnerable owners.
He said that the cartels targeted poor families,widows, old people and Asian families in a cartel that was led by cousin to former governor Evans Kidero, Emmanuel Okello who was a director in all companies that bought auctioned properties after colluding with senior officials at the lands office.
“Once a prime property earmarked for grabbing is identified, the Land Rates Department officers would tamper with the rates payments records and raise some fictitious claims to show the property owner has an outstanding debt amounting to millions, after that the legal department team will start the process of recovering the fake debt by going to court to attach the property at the Magistrate’s court.
Then the property is auctioned, after this the Director Legal Affairs Karisa Iha (suspended) would move to the High Court to seek for a vesting order for the property to be transferred to any proxy of the cartel at a throwaway auction price. After this and once the transfer is effected by the court the same cartel would again go back to court and obtain the eviction orders. They will either look for a financier using the property as security and develop it or sell it to unsuspecting buyers. To make the case more serious I have just learnt all these transfers documents were being drafted and executed by Njugi B. Gachogu Of Njigi B.G & Co. Advocates,” Governor Mike Sonko said
He said that all thieves deserved to go to prison so that they would respect other people’s rights to own property. He urged the people who had been affected by such cartels to come forward.
He said that the police were investigating the murder of Paul Kariuki who was shot on Museum Hill after a deal went sour.
Emmanuel Okello was arrested alongside Elizabeth Waiyego Njagiru where they were accused of forging a tittle deed belonging to businessman Isaack Kamau Ndirangu. They were released on bail of Sh300000.
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