Grabbed public land surrendered back to government
28 August 2016, 20:57
Nairobi - Two parcels of land measuring 2.9 acres valued at KES.1.05 million which were grabbed by unscrupulous persons in Laikipia County have been recovered by the anti-corruption agency and handed back to the County Government.
The lands situated in Diaga/Umande location had been reserved for nursery school and a tree nursery area.
While handing over the title deeds, Mwaniki Gachoka who is Chairman of Enforcement Committee in Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission (EACC), appreciated the members of public for whistle blowing on the grabbed land.
“This clearly demonstrates your confidence in EACC as the body mandated by law to fight corruption and economic crimes,” Gachoka noted.
The commissioner further pointed out that recovery of corruptly acquired assets will serve as a big deterrence to engagement in corruption.
“The main objective is to ensure that the corrupt do not enjoy their ill-gotten wealth. EACC has an elaborate legal and institutional framework for identifying, protecting, confiscating and recovering the proceeds of corruption,” he added.
Gachoka said the two parcels of land were recovered after those who corruptly acquired them voluntarily handed back.
However, the commissioner revealed that there are three other parcels of land in the same area reserved for, dispensary, polytechnic and water point which are in the process of being recovered in the Nyeri Environment and Land court.
On his part, Governor Joshua Irungu while receiving the title deeds appreciated the partnership between the county and the EACC in fighting corruption.
Irungu further urged those with corruptly acquired public assets in Laikipia County especially public land in Nanyuki, Nyahururu and Rumuruti to surrender them.
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