In Summary
  • The Anti-Corruption Court on Thursday ordered Prof Swazuri and the other accused locked up as they await a ruling on their bond application.
  • Mr Mugambi said the submissions were lengthy so he needed time to go through them before determining whether to free Dr Swazuri and the others.
  • For Dr Swazuri and staff of NLC, questions about land compensation for the construction of the standard gauge railway and roads have become a burden that refuses to go away.

Former land commission chair Muhammad Swazuri and 10 other individuals charged with corruption in a compensation deal will spend the long Easter weekend in remand.

The Anti-Corruption Court on Thursday ordered Prof Swazuri and the other accused locked up as they await a ruling on their bond application.

Their request will be determined on Tuesday, after Christians mark the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

VALUATIONS

The 11 were charged over alleged fraudulent compensation for the parcel the National Land Commission acquired for construction of the Mombasa Southern Bypass and Kipevu New Highway Container Terminal link road in 2013.

The land belonging to Tornado Carriers Limited was initially valued at Sh34,501,110 in 2015 but the commission ended up paying Sh109,769,363 after Dr Swazuri ordered a second valuation.

The accused faced several charges, including corruption, conspiracy to commit an economic crime, unlawful acquisition of property, dealing with stolen property, abuse of office, financial misconduct and money laundering.

ARGUMENTS

In court on Thursday, the prosecution opposed the accused's release, saying they were likely to interfere with the trial, a reason it termed compelling.

The defence, however, urged Senior Principal Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi to free them, saying there was no good reason to deny them their freedom.

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