In Summary
  • Several residents have lost their land to fraudsters who are believed to have connections in the Lands ministry.
  • Parklands ward MCA Malde said he would not sit and watch as his people pay bribes to keep their land.

Two government officials have been arrested after they were accused of being part of a land grabbing syndicate in Nairobi’s Parklands.

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) officers on Monday arrested a chief and deputy county commissioner.

The two government officials were arrested for allegedly soliciting a bribe from a family to protect them from being evicted from their land.

EVICTION

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko said he planned the arrest with the anti-corruption officers after the rightful property owners, Mr Mohan Singh Dhanjal and Mr Satwant Singh Dhanjal, reported to him that their chief, whom they identified as Malunda, had been threatening them with eviction and demanding hefty bribes from the family.

“After going through their land documents, I found out that they were the genuine owners and I decided to take action,” he said.

BRIBERY

Mr Sonko said it was not the chief’s mandate to deal with land cases.

“Today (Monday), I called the EACC officers and informed them about the case and referred the family to the anti-corruption officers to record a statement and with the help of the officers, the chief and the DO have been arrested,” he said.

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