In Summary
  • Justice Hedwig Ong’udi ruled that the court cannot meddle into affairs of the Lands Commission.

  • Mr Swazuri was charged last year alongside 14 others over fraudulent compensation of five parcels of the Standard Gauge Railway land.

  • The embattled NLC boss has in a separate case dragged his deputy to court accusing her of taking over his duties.

The High Court has blocked a bid by the National Lands Commission’s boss Muhammad Swazuri to chair a meeting with staff before he exits next week.

Justice Hedwig Ong’udi on Tuesday ruled that the court cannot meddle into affairs of the Lands Commission.

Prof Swazuri had moved to court seeking permission to chair a meeting with staff before the expiry of his tenure on February 19.

“The meeting is an internal one and the court cannot go ahead to supervise affairs at NLC which is an independent body. I, therefore, decline to give orders as sought,” said Lady Justice Ong’udi.

FRAUD CHARGES

Mr Swazuri was charged in 2018 alongside NLC’s Valuation and Taxation Committee Director Salome Munubi, Kenya Railways Managing Director Atanas Maina and 12 others over fraudulent compensation of five parcels of the standard gauge railway land.

At the time of taking plea, he was barred from accessing his office hence his deputy served as the acting chairperson.

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