NLC officials seek to stop prosecution over Sh109m land deal
SEE ALSO :Sh908m in land payments queriedAccording to the lawyer, the criminal case is intended to unduly influence the outcome of the three cases pending before the High Court – one in Mombasa High Court and two before the High Court in Nairobi. He argued that all the three cases revolve around the legality of the Sh109 million paid by NLC to acquire the land from Tornado Carriers Limited for the construction of Mombasa’s southern bypass and Kipevu New Highway Container Terminal link roads in October 2013. Mr O’kubasu submitted that the charges were fabricated in a bid to hoodwink the public that the NLC officials are corrupt when there is no evidence to support the allegations. Ms Munubi and Mr Oindi were among 11 people charged last week with conspiracy to defraud public funds by inflating the cost of the land from Sh34 million to Sh109 million. Also charged are former NLC Chairman Muhammad Swazuri, CEO Tom Chavangi, NLC Commissioner Emma Muthoni, Director of Finance Francis Karimi Mugo, lawyer Catherine Wanjiru, Samuel Muturi and Evahmary Gathondu.