EACC recovers Sh52 million Mombasa land

An aerial view of Integrity Centre, EACC headquarters, between Valley Road and Milimani Road in Nairobi. [File, Standard]

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has obtained orders to repossess a Sh52 million piece of land that had been grabbed in Nyali, Mombasa County.

The piece of land was grabbed from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KACC) back in 2000 and the grabbers constructed a four bedroom house and a servant quarter.

The case to recover the land was filed by EACC at the Mombasa Environment and Land Court in 2000.

In the case, EACC sued Luka Kimutai, Sally Jepkoech, Toro Estates and Sammy Silas Komen the then Commissioner of Lands.

It was established that the piece of land MN/1/2414 that had been set aside for use by KCAA was fraudulently allocated to Luka Kimutai by Silas Komen in 2000.

Mr Kimutai then transferred the property to Toro Estates, a company he owns alongside his wife, Sally Jepkoech.

Justice Nelly Muthoka in her judgment faulted the former commissioner of lands saying he breached the public trust by authorizing the transfer.

She directed the cancellation of the title deed issued to Mr Kimutai after declaring that it was fraudulently obtained and barred Kimutai, his wife of Toro Estates from dealing with the piece of land.

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