In Summary
  • Malde was arrested in August by detectives of the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC), on claims that he extorted a family accused of grabbing public land in Gigiri.
  • Raheem Chatur, a city businessman and the director of Concord Hotel, told the Powers and Privileges committee that the MCA asked him for that amount to block the demolition of the hotel's gate.
  • Chatur said that at a meeting with Malde, he presented him with all documents on the gate, including a county government approval and the court order, and that he walked out in protest when the MCA asked for the money.
  • Concord's legal adviser, Irshad Sumra, alleged that Malde said the Sh5.7 million was meant for the 19 members of the assembly Legal Affairs committee.

The Nairobi County ward representative, who allegedly extorted a Sh5.7 million bribe from the owner of Concord Hotel, never laid his hands on the money, a committee heard on Wednesday.

Parklands member of county assembly (MCA) Jayendra Malde was arrested in August by detectives of the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC), on claims that he extorted a family accused of grabbing public land in Gigiri.

NO REPORT

Mr Raheem Chatur, a city businessman and the director of Concord Hotel, told the Powers and Privileges committee that the MCA asked him for that amount to block the demolition of the hotel's gate, that is said to encroach on public land.

Mr Chatur added, however, "He did not receive the money from me. I only saw and heard about his arrest on social media. I also did not report him to the EACC," Mr Chatur told the committee.

"This was done by Irshad Sumra whom I reported the case to so he could take over."

He added that the only saw the 'treated' money on social media and that he also did not report the matter to police.

MEETING REQUEST

Mr Chatur said the county issued them with a notice to bring down the gate in June 2014 but that they went to court and obtained an order quashing the notice.

He explained to the city MCAs that he met Mr Malde at the Hindu Council after a woman told him he had wanted them to meet there.

The businessman said he got this information from a woman known as Priti, a tenant at Mr Chatur’s Diamond Plaza apartments.

He reported that at the meeting, he presented Mr Malde with all documents on the gate, including a county government approval and the court order, and that he walked out in protest when he asked for the money.

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