The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission EACC has launched investigations into alleged grabbing of four acre hospital land that belongs to Kilifi County hospital by individuals.
EACC detectives are scrutinizing documents received from the County government over the land which is situated at a prime area opposite St Thomas Secondary School. The land was meant for putting up a ksh60 million accidents and emergency center and an ICU.
Four months ago, the land was invaded and subdivided by individuals fencing some pieces and leaving a road bypass opening the area towards Mabirikani Settlement scheme.
Ethics And Anti-Corruption Commission’s Upper Coast deputy director George Ojowi said his officers have already moved into action and that once investigations are through, those individuals will be prosecuted.
“My officers are currently investigation the alleged grabbing. The documents we have currently have given us leads about those who grabbed the land. We shall soon get to the bottom of the matter,” said Mr Ojowi.
According to the EACC official, the documents show that allocation of the land to individuals’ started way back in 1993 and in the process fifteen plots were hived off from the hospital land to be sub divided.
“In 1993, a Part Development Plan (PDP) was done and the land was alienated from the hospital and changed into residential blocks. Through the PDP, between ten to fifteen plots were hived and allocated to individuals,” he said.
Mr Ojowi said their investigations will be aimed at unearthing those who hatched the plan to take the land and also the beneficiaries of the land. He said they were yet to get the documents with the names of those who received the land.
“We are still waiting for more documents from the County Government on who allocated those plots. We hope the documents will help shade more light on those who drafted the PDP that hived off the land from the hospital. We will be looking to find out their motive and whether their motives were cultivated by greed we are going to unearth. Once we establish the land allocation was illegal we will go to court and have it reposed back to the public” Said mr.ojowi
The issue came in limelight three weeks ago when Kilifi governor Amason Kingi announced he had invited EACC officials to carry out the investigations.
Kingi said the hospital was left with no expansion space thanks to grabbers but vowed to fight back to reposes what he said belong to the public.
“Those who grabbed that hospital land will not get it. We shall reposes that land because it belongs to the public. Infact we are going to erect a perimeter wall around the said land and any document produced in any court in this country regading the land is illegal. We have no space remaining for the expansion of the hospital and that was the only space left.” said Kingi
Former chairman of the defunct Kilifi County Council Anthony Kingi asked the County Government to fully cooperate with the EACC since the names of those who benefited from the land are well known.
“There were allocations in the early nineties about that land. Whether they were illegal or legal but that is what I know. The names of those people who benefited from the land must be with the County land officials. They should just give them to EACC for the investigations to commence.” said Mr Kingi