EACC Moves To Court In A Bid To Recover Sh2.4 Billion Mombasa Airport Land

EACC boss Twalib Mbarak in a past presser PHOTO/Courtesy

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has moved to Court seeking to recover a grabbed land at the Moi International Airport (MIA) in Mombasa.

In a statement via Twitter on Wednesday, October 26, the corruption watchdog said the public land is valued at KSh 2.4 billion.

The EACC said it hosts part of the Moi International Airport runway, a United Nations(UN) support base, a Kenyan military base and it’s watchtower.

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“The grabbed land sought to be recovered is public land that was set aside for use by Moi International Airport, Mombasa under the management of Kenya Airports Authority,” the EACC said in a statement.

At the same time, the commission is also seeking to recover KSh 984 million illegally paid to individuals and companies as compensation for land acquired by the National Land Commission (NLC).

The land in question was for the construction of the standard gauge railway and the Dongo-Kundu/Kipevu road.

In the suit filed on Tuesday, the EACC said NLC paid the compensation to the East African Gas Company Limited who are the current registered owner of the Airport land.

A Kenyan military watchtower at the Moi International Airport PHOTO/Twitter

EACC has sued 16 people including former Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) Managing Director Peter Kipyegon Lagat and The Gas Company Limited which transferred the land to the East African Gas Company Limited.

Others are Frankway Link Agencies, an unregistered entity used to facilitate some of the transactions, Jeewi Ltd, Peninsula Agencies, Spelling International, Park Mansions Ltd, and Jay & K Enterprises.

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Also on the list are Malachi A Ooro, G.P. Gomu, Kokog Investments Ltd, Bush Veld Limited, Wilson Gacanja, and former NLC LECO Tom Aziz Chavangi and Salome Munubi, the commission’s former Director of Valuation.

“The National Land Commission officials are sued because of facilitating illegal compensation of parcels of the land following compulsory acquisition for construction of the Nairobi – Mombasa Standard Gauge Railway and the Dongo – Kundu Kipevu Road Project, despite the fact that the parcels were public land set aside for Moi International Airport,” EACC added.

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