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Ongeri on the spot over Kisii market land grab

23 October 2014, 08:11 Mike Munga

Nairobi - Kenya’s envoy to the UN-Habitat Prof. Sam Ongeri is among the leaders who have been accused of grabbing land belonging to the Kisii Municipal Market.

Addressing the press Wednesday, the Commission on Administrative Justice, also known as “Office of the Ombudsman” said they launched investigations into the matter following complains from members of the public.

The commissions’ chair Otiende Amollo said the objective of the investigation was to ascertain the validity of the claims that public officers were culpable of abuse of power and  make appropriate recommendations thereafter.

He said the investigations revealed that there were disparities between the Town Master Plan of 1971(Number N/37/71/1) and the Register Index Map.

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“The land is not registered and therefore has no plot number,  the original land was subdivided into eight portions with only one plot left for the market," he said.

The findings of the commission indicate that Ongeri acquired Kisii Municipality Block 111/258(0.0459ha) while serving as Minister for Local Government in 1982; Mr. James Gisemba Oriko acquired Block111/259 and 111/376 in 1980 when he was the Mayor of Kisii Municipal Council.

Others were Mr. Samson Nyambati Nyamweya who acquired Block 111/260 in 1985 when he served as Clerk of Kisii Municipal Council and the late Dr.Zachari Theodore Onyonka while serving as a Minister in 1981 but the land has since been transferred to Mr. Samwel Openda.

The remaining plots are in the hands of Mrs. Esther Mogaka and Mr.Ashwin Guaka both of whom are business people.

Amollo said that the commission has informed relevant authorities of the matter for action to be taken that may include repossessing the land in question.

The commission has also sent copies of the report to the President Uhuru Kenyatta, Speakers of the two houses, the Attorney General, the Speaker of Kisii County Assembly, the Cabinet Secretary for Lands and the six mentioned in the report for record purposes and any other appropriate action.

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