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Orengo insists CORD has Karen land grab evidence

22 October 2014, 15:59 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The absence of Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale means that CORD leaders will not present their findings on a grabbed piece of land in Karen.

The CORD leaders will present names of those they say have grabbed the controversial KES 8 billion Karen lands to the Ethics Commision next week, this is after they failed to show up for an earlier planned session Tuesday.

The leaders are set to appear before the Commision to hand out evidence they have pertaining to the grabbed land.

But with Khalwale out of the country, Orengo says they will present the evidence upon his return next week.

" He honourable Senator of Kakamega is not in the country and has played a big role in compiling the document we plan to present so we request to postpone our appearance to next week, Orengo said in a letter to the commission Wednesday.

And despite many saying CORD have no evidence and their claims are unsubstantiated, Orengo says that there is much to talk about in the inquiry.

" The evidence is damning and we will present it if needed, he had said earlier.
This is after State House and the Commision called on those with evidence to present it and not leave any doubt over their knowledge of the matter.

" Those with evidence in any matter should present it and not just make claims. We do not want to build a culture of accusations and counter accusations without making concrete claims," the president said Tuesday.

On their part, the EACC in a statement said it wanted all those with evidence to appear before it and ensure those behind the ills be prosecuted.

" It has been widely reported in the media that you have valuable information on the alleged illegal acquisition of the above reference land. As a responsible leader of this great Country, you have an obligation to give this information to the responsible law enforcement agencies for investigations to unearth the truth. It is for this reason that we request you to share whatever information you have with this Commission by sending the information to the undersigned by 22nd October 2014," the EACC said.

Read also: CORD protests over Muturi 'violation' of the law

According to CORD sources, Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama and Siaya's James Orengo will appear before the Commission today.

" They will attend. They have genuine evidence and it will cause ripples, the source told News24.

Among those named by the CORD leaders in the land grab are Deputy President William Ruto and Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, who has since laughed off the claims.

" Let those with evidence present it," he said.

It is alleged that the piece of land has been grabbed top ranking officials in the current government and past. The 134 acre piece of land which was already being developed has now been put under police watch, awaiting the completion of a case in which two Nairobi businessmen are haggling over its ownership.

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