BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,13TH AUG 2018-National Land Commission (NLC) Chairperson Mohammad Swazuri and Kenya Railways Corporation Managing Director Atanas Maina have been charged with illegally facilitating the payment of Sh221.3 million in compensation for the acquisition of land for the Standard Gauge Railway.The two who are among others also accused have denied any involvement.
Swazuri and Maina are among 17 other people were arrested on Saturday and arraigned before Magistrate Lawresnce Mugambi of the Anti-Corruption Court in Milimani on Monday .
On his part Swazuri has been charged with conspiracy to defraud the taxpayer by approving payments totaling to Sh221.3 million for five parcels of public land.
The charge sheet read in court indicates that Maina is accused of failing to protect the parcels of land which are listed as railway reserves.
The officials have also been charged with breach of trust for facilitating the payments.
Others charged are Tom Aziz, Francis Karimi, Victor Wahome, Elijah Mwenda, John Mwangi, Caroline Kituyi, Peter Mburu, Gladys Mwikali, Obadiah Mbugua, David Some, and Esther Some.