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Man at centre of Sh8b Karen land saga dies

NAIROBI
By Cyrus Ombati | August 13th 2015

The man at the centre of the Sh8 billion Karen-land saga Geoffrey Swanya Birundu is dead.

Birundu was the deputy land registrar in the Ministry of Lands, and was a co-accused in a case in which suspended Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu has been charged with obstruction of justice.

He died at a city hospital following a liver complication, a family spokesman and his colleagues at the ministry said Wednesday. He has been in hospital since June 19 when Ms Ngilu and others were charged in court.

Mr Birundu had sworn an affidavit saying the land in question was sold to Telesource.Com by one John Kamau. Birundu, Ngilu, Telecource.Com Limited, Mark Muigai Wanderi, Josephat Milimi Konzolo, Macmilan Mutinda Mutiso, James Mbaluka, Polly Wanjiku Gatimu and Sara Njumi Mwenda were charged in court over the saga.

All of them were released on a Sh1 million cash bail, Sh3 million bond or an assurance of a similar amount. The Director of Public Prosecutions said by the time Telesource.Com acquired the land, Mr Kamau was already dead.

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