Nairobi’s Governor Mike Sonko has agreed to testify in a case where digital strategist Denis Itumbi has sued interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i.
Itumbi accuses Matiang’i of overseeing a transaction that saw taxpayers lose Ksh1.5 billion to buy pieces of land for Drive-In Primary School and Ruaraka High School, that already belonged to the public. Itumbi has also accused Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution of failing in their duties to investigate and prosecute the matter.
He says that the CS ignored an advisory by a Quality and Standards team that told him not to pay for the land, but went ahead to pay. “Matiangi’s order to purchase the land was the one that set all the necessary motion for the taxpayers to lose money that would have been used to realize the socio-economic rights most Kenyans lack,” Itumbi stated.
In a series of tweets, Itumbi indicates “I now Seek to charge him on four counts as per attached proposed Charge Sheet. If the Court allows the charge, he will take plea at The Anti-Corruption Court. He also reveals that “Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has agreed to be a witness against Fred Matiang’i in the Private Prosecution case that is now filed at the Anti-Corruption Court. He says records at City Hall show the land is Public Land. Interesting Fact, even after illegally paying for it, Title bado!” tweeted Itumbi.
Two years ago, Businessman Francis Mburu, received a sum total of Ksh.1.5 billion from the Ministry of Education, through the National Land Commission, as compensation for the 13.5 acres parcel of land, on which the two schools are built.
Last year, a three-bench jury ruled that the payment was erroneous, noting that the land was public and should not have been paid for.
“We therefore find that the compulsory acquisition of the land on which the two schools sit did not meet the threshold of public purpose and should not have been undertaken in the first place. One cannot purport to compulsorily acquire what is already public land,” ruled Benard Eboso, Elijah Obaga and Kossy Ber.