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MP faces sack for 'protecting' Karen land grabbers

13 November 2014, 19:04 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - An MP is in trouble for allegedly protecting the interests of those accused to have grabbed a KES 8 billion piece of land in Nairobi's Karen.

Tharaka MP Alex Muiru is in trouble with his own parliamentary committee for allegedly using his power and authority to stall the process of probing the alleged grabbing of the 134 acre piece of land in Karen.

The MPs, part of the lands committee in parliament want Muiru ejected as chair for trying hard to stall the process instituted to get to the bottom of the Karen mess.

24 of the 29 person committee have already agreed to sign a petition to have him removed as they say he is interfering with business.

They claim that he has failed to heed the committee's requests to have the said owners of the land summoned to answer questions about their ownnership of the land.

They also accuse him of failing to sign summons to have lands CS Charity Ngilu appear before them to again answer questions on the problems affecting the piece of land.

Committee vice chairman Moses Ole Sakuda said Thursday that there was need to have the chairman changed to institute fair proceedings in the matter.

" It is unfortunate that committee members feel let down and cheated about this process and so this committee has initiated a process of having a new chairman, he said.

Others felt that Muiru was a part of the Karen land grab fiasco.

" He has been thoroughly frustrating and tried his best to slow down the process and must go because there  are doubts as to whether his integrity in this matter is clean, an MP part of the committee that did not want his name mentioned told News24.

Muiru was not available when reached for comment.

Two companies, Muchanga Limited and Telesource have both claimed ownership of the parcel of land which had already been subdivided and was already being developed.

Police have taken over the parcel of land following a court order stopping development from taking place.

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