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Meru Mayor: Apprehend land grabbers

24 July 2012, 14:45 Tony Karomo

Meru Municipal town Mayor has called on the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate the Meru land officers over the illegal grabbing of public land in North Imenti District.

Speaking to press, the town Mayor John Mwalimu claimed that though the 8.89 acres of Thimangiri Slaughter House has been repossessed, the individuals who were behind the fraud need to prosecute according to the law.

“The public land has been repossessed back but the question is who are these people who were behind the grabbing and allocation of the same land to an individual? We want them made public and prosecuted .There should be no covering up,” said the Mayor.

The mayor said the Chief land Register has already written to Meru Land Registrar instructing him to reverse the public utility back to the Council over what he called a green card double entry of the same land.

Mwalimu said those who were involved in the scandal should not go scott-free but need to face corruption charges once investigations are over.

“Municipal council of Meru has already written a letter to the Anti-Corruption Commission instructing them to speed up the investigation and charge the culprits in a court of law in a bid to fight corruption in the Country,” he said.

Earlier the council had taken the matter to court to stop the selling of the public utility to an individual.

Following the fraud war between the council and the land office, the Council town clerk Jasper Mutwiri was interdicted after being accused by the council members of  collaborating with the land officers over the grabbing.

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