The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (Eacc) has moved to court to recover the building which currently hosts the Nairobi Kadhi’s court in Upper Hill.
Records at the Ministry of Lands show that a private developer acquired the land from former Makueni Member of Parliament (MP), who also served as Agriculture Assistant Minister, Peter Maundu.
The building, a government house, was on the property when the transfer was being made.
“Eacc has moved to court to recover the property currently hosting the Nairobi Kadhi’s Court in Upper Hill from grabbers. The property was fraudulently allocated to former Makueni MP and Agriculture Assistant Minister Peter Maundu by former Commissioner of Lands Wilson Gachanja.” The commission said yesterday.
The commission has therefore sued Maundu and the private company, Swanya Limited, together with its directors Victor Ogeto and Janet Ogeto.
Also, among the accused is ex-Lands Commissioner Wilson Gachanja who is being sued on account of fraud, illegality, and acting beyond the precincts of his powers.
Eacc wants him ordered to pay general damages for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.
The commission argues that their investigations have revealed that Maundu acquired the parcel of land on March 10, 1994.
Maundu then transferred the property to Swanya Ltd where they secured an overdraft of Sh10,481,257.65.
Justice John Michael Khamoni, who was residing in the building, wrote to the then Chief Justice Abdul Majid on April 8, 1994, requesting that the allotment be reversed and the house kept for use by the Judiciary.
A title deed was however processed on February 14, 1995, in the name of Swanya Ltd.
Eacc now wants all transactions made in the property sale to be revoked and ownership reverted to the Judiciary.
The matter has been scheduled for hearing on 3rd July 2023.