Land conflicts frustrate investments in Eastlands (Nairobi County)

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Moses Omusolo] Picture a scenario involving a surging population, large tracts of undeveloped land, corruptible land administration authorities, populist politics and escalating land prices. This is Nairobi‚Äôs Eastlands, especially the wider Embakasi area where protracted conflicts over land have remained persistent despite numerous efforts to resolve them. The latest effort was…


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Former Kayole chief charged with illegal acquisition of Sh944m Donholm land

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Sigomba Ramadhan Omar] Former Kayole Chief Alexander Hoops Shihemi has been charged with forgery and fraudulent acquisition of Sh944 million land in Donholm, Nairobi. However, Shihemi failed to take plea after his lawyer told Milimani Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku that they had obtained stay orders on criminal proceedings involving him. The…


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Broker in land con scheme jailed for 15 years (Murang’a County)

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Kamore Maina] A land dealer has been jailed for 15 years without the option of a fine for stealing Sh11 million from a woman. Bascillioh Muyadi, 45, was found guilty of four counts of making a fake title deed which he presented to the prospective land buyer, said to be the…


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Police bust ring issuing fake land documents (Bomet County)

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Vitalis Kimutai] Police in Bomet have broken a ring involved in printing and issuing fake land title deeds to unsuspecting members of the public. Police arrested Leonard Kipkoech alias Matekete, a private surveyor in connection with the crime. Officers said Thursday that they looking for his accomplices. Bomet police boss Naomi…


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Murang’a land official in court over Sh2,000 bribe

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Share      [Source: Daily Nation, by Ndung’u Gachane] A member of the Kigumo Lands Control Board, who was arrested last month for allegedly receiving a bribe of Sh2,000, has pleaded not guilty at the Murang’a Law Courts. Naomi Wanjiku Njuguna was charged with two counts of corruption that on August 12 in Kigumo town, she demanded and…


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EACC to probe 20 lands officials in Kiambu

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Kamau Maichuhie] At least 20 senior county officials in the Lands and Physical Planning Department are being investigated by the anti-graft agency for land grabbing. In a letter addressed to County Secretary Martin Njogu, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Deputy Director for Investigations Humphrey Mahiva ordered the officials to appear at…


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Former NLC Chair faces 7 more days in cells awaiting bail verdict

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Share      [Source: Business Daily, by Sam Kiplagat] Former National Land Commission chairman Muhammad Swazuri will have to wait for another seven days to know whether a judge will review his bail terms downwards. After hearing arguments from all parties Thursday, Justice Mumbi Ngugi said she will give her ruling on May 2, meaning Prof Swazuri will…


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Former NLC Chair released on cash bail

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Share      [Source: Business Daily, by Sam Kiplagat] Former National Land Commission (NLC) chairman Muhammad Swazuri and 10 other officials accused of corruption were yesterday released on cash bail ranging from between Sh1.5 million and Sh12 million. Chief magistrate Lawrence Mugambi directed Prof Swazuri, former commissioner Emma Njogu, former NLC chief executive officer Tom Aziz Chavangi, Dr…


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