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Key witness in Karen land grabbing case dead

19 August 2015, 18:33 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - A key witness in the case in which the grabbing of 138 acres of land in Karen Nairobi is being probed has died.

The witness was a former Deputy Chief of the national Lands Registry Geoffrey Birundi.

He died last week.

The High Court, where the matter is being probed was informed of his passing Tuesday.

According to court papers in News24's possession, Birundi is described as the government official in-charge of the paperwork related to the controversial piece of land in Karen.

His death will be a blow to the case, as he was a key witness in the matter and would have given first hand insight into the matter.

Birundi was also among public officials mentioned in the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission EACC report on corruption in the Public Service presented in Parliament by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Karen land grab has led to the suspension of Landc Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu.

Other Lands Ministry officials also shown the door thanks to the saga are Pauline Wanjiku Gatimu, Mark Muigai Wanderi, Sara Njuhi Mwenda, Macmilan Mutinda Mutiso and James Mbaluka.

The six are facing charges of conspiracy to transfer the Karen land between 2005 and October 2014.

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