Directors fail to appear before Senate over Ruaraka school land row yet again

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Nairobi, KENYA: The Senate’s County, Public and Investment committee has threatened to summon the directors of Afrison Export Import Ltd and Huelands Ltd Francis Mburu and Geoffrey Mutisya, after failing to appear before the committee for the second time regarding investigations into the suspicious acquisition of a school land in Ruaraka, Nairobi.

The legal representatives of the directors Nicholas Nyamai and John Nzioka told the committee that their clients did not receive any formal invitation from parliament thus their failure to appear before the committee.

The chairman of the committee who is also the Siaya Senator Moses Kajwang dismissed claims that the MPs have their interests at heart as committees from both the National Assembly and the Senate are investigating the matter, saying that the MPs are just exercising their role as watchdogs.

Earlier, top government officials and politicians had been listed as “a clique of cartels” allegedly extorting from the firm that recently received Sh1.5 billion partial payment for a prime land in Ruaraka.

Afrison Export and Import Ltd and Huelands Ltd directors said that they had conducted a private probe and zeroed in on nine individuals being probed by the police and the DCI.

Afrison and Huelands’s sister company – Whispering Palms Estate Ltd – was on January 29 paid Sh1.5 billion by the Ministry of Education then led by CS Fred Matiang’i following authorization by the National Lands Commission.

The amount was part of the Sh3.3 billion compensation for the 13 acres that host Ruaraka High School and Drive Inn Primary School, which two public schools occupy but which until then was deemed to have been private property.

The committee which is investigating claims of fraudulent acquisition by the two companies and double compensation by the NLC have instructed the directors to appear before it on the 30th of this month.

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