Ruaraka saga: Ministry paid Sh1.5b for public land
Under the spotlightThe report says the developer later declined to carry out sub-division but proceeded to develop the land, contrary to the provisions of the Physical Planning Act of 1999. The latest development could once again put Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang under the spotlight since the transactions were done when they were both at the helm of the ministry. The report findings buttress a ruling by justices Bernard Eboso, Elijah Obaga and Kossy Bor of the Environment and Land Court, who ruled that the city land was public property and should not have been paid for. The three judges had blamed the NLC, then chaired by Muhammad Swazuri, for not carrying out due diligence in ascertaining Mburu’s claim of historical injustices. As a result, the commission ended up making the wrong recommendations to the Education ministry. The ministry is also in trouble for paying Sh269 million in subsidies to 185 secondary schools whose enrollment data was inflated. The report revealed that two non-existent schools in Kakamega received a total Sh27.3 million. Officials from the State Department of Early Learning and Basic Education explained that the officers involved in manipulating the numbers had been interdicted. The matter has also been referred to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission for further investigation and action.
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