DCI investigates KANU officials over Kiambu Kanu land grab

Kiambu KANU branch offices allegedly grabbed by private developers. PHOTO| COURTESY

Some Kanu officials plan to sell multi-millions of properties in Kiambu town has lifted the lid on how the independence party has been losing some of its assets country through fraud orchestrated by its greedily regional and head office officials.

Towett, Wainaina who is popularly known as Gewa, one Ally Khan who is said to be based in the party chairman’s office and an Eric Munagi Wagithuku are battling claims of conspiring to defraud the party of the two prime properties in Kiambu-Kiambu township block11/52 and Kiambu township block11/53 valued at close to Sh100 million.

The fake letter dated July 23 allegedly authored and signed by Moi and addressed to Wainaina, the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) purports to direct the four to oversee the sale of the properties, one of which has been operating as a carwash.

“Further to our minutes dated 21st February, 2017 regarding sale of party properties, it’s hereby resolved that the party sells some plots within Kiambu county to aid the national secretariat and the Kiambu branch run their operations and perform their respective mandates effectively.

Among the properties to be sold are Township block11/52 and Kiambu Township block11/53,” reads the letter, which lists the four as “the persons duly authorised to carry out the transactions on behalf of the part.”

Wainaina, who was last year paraded in court alongside former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero for allegedly conspiring to defraud City Hall of Sh58 million in 2014 through questionable legal fees, is reported to have forwarded the fake letter to Kiambu County Commissioner Wilson Wanyanga in what has been interpreted as a plot to clear the way for the smooth approval of the transfer of the property by the land board.

Wainaina is also accused of opening a bank account named “Kiambu KANU branch” at Equity Bank Upper Hill branch where he is a signatory.

In the latest case, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) is investigating an attempted fraud in which the Kanu Executive Director Joseph Towett and newly-elected Kiambu branch chairman George Wainaina and two others are accused of forging the signature of the party’s national chairman Gideon Moi purportedly sanctioning the sale of the two prime properties.

Revelations come even as it emerges that some other unscrupulous Kanu officials are also scheming to sell more properties in Nakuru, Trans Nzoia, Nyeri and Isiolo counties through alleged fraud.

The party is currently fighting in various courts to repossess several of its properties, unscrupulous individuals including former top officials have grabbed mainly buildings and land and which over the years.


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