Digital Strategist Dennis Itumbi has sued Interior CS Fred Matiang’i over the Kshs 1.5 Billion Land Scandal.
The former PSCU member has officially commenced private prosecution against CS Matiangi, accusing him of defrauding Kenyan tax-payers, after illegally compensating private entities following forcefully acquisition of public land, with the pretext that it was private land according to Court documents in which Governor Sonko is expected to be a witness for the prosecution.
Matiang’i has been accused of overseeing a project which saw taxpayers lose money through . Two parcels of land located at Drive-In Primary School and Ruaraka High School were acquired during Matiangi’s tenure as Education CS.
The sale of the land had been opposed by two private companies,Afrison Export-Import Limited and Huelands Limited who claimed to own the land.
Matiangi then formed a committee to investigate the matter, in which it was proven that the land had already been surrendered to the public.
The CS allegedly disregarded the report and directed the National Land Commission to purchase the land , despite the commission reporting that it had already been surrendered to the government.
The National Land Commission obliged , and communicated to the Ministry of Education via a letter dated April 24, 2017, requesting it to set aside funds to the tune of Ksh 3,269,040,600 inclusive of the 15% statutory disturbance allowance, with Kshs 1.5 Billion meant for compensation for the school’s land which had already been surrendered to the public according to the report from the committee.
The purchase also defied a court order issued on December 13, 2016, filed by activist Okiya Omtatah Okoiti which prohibited the National Land Commission and other government bodies from making further payments to the two companies.
Itumbi has criticised the EACC and the office of the DPP for intentionally delaying the prosecution of the matter in which the High Court had already in [ June 2019 ]ruled that Matiangi was not supposed to have offered compensation to the two firms as the land already belonged to the public.
Justice Benard Eboso, Elijah Obaga in their ruling had declared that NLC erred in their recommendation to the Ministry of Education to compensate the two firms.
Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi alias Sonko has reportedly agreed to be a witness of the private prosecution against the powerful Interior and Co-ordination CS.