Owen Baya seeks CID’s intervention in disputed Giriama ranch

Deputy Minority Leader and Kilifi North Mp Owen Baya PHOTO file

Kilifi,KENYA:Kilifi North MP Owen Baya has officially made a report to the Criminal Investigation Department over the auction of  the disputed Giriama Ranch.

The auction of the 66,000 acre piece of land in Bamba, Ganze Sub-county is scheduled for the 6th of August 2018.

This comes after an intention  by Garam Investments auctioneers to auction the ranch was brought to the public attention through a notice in one of the local dailies on Monday, July 23.

In a letter presented to Kilifi County Criminal Investigation Officer Said Mohamed, the MP wants the auction of the parcel of land stopped immediately with the ranch being discharged from the bank loan and surrendered to the owners.

Baya who is also a member of the Parliamentary Lands Committee told Baraka FM that the auction of the land is fraudulent terming it as an ‘unconcealed theft of public property.’

He called upon the prosecution of three directors of Riva Oils Company limited, a company that acquired a loan from Development Bank of Kenya using a provisional tittle deed of the Giriama ranch.

The three directors are former Cabinet Secretary for Labor and Social Services Kazungu Kambi, Ezekiel Karisa and David Komen.

“How by law is it possible to acquire a personal loan using public property? This is theft,” Baya said after making the official report to the CID.

“We want the relevant authorities to ensure they investigate and take legal action against all involved people and parties. In the mean time I have instructed lawyers to seek an injunction against the auction of this Giriama ranch. I will then go to the Ethics and anti-corruption commission office in Malindi to report the same.” he added.

He also wants an investigation conducted on the bank for allowing a fraudulent charge and the land registrar for processing a provisional title deed to be used illegally.

“We want the Registrar of Companies probed for allowing substitution of genuine directors of the ranch with fake ones. We also want the bank investigated for issuing a loan using a provisional title deed instead of a genuine title deed,” Baya added.