EACC moves to repossess land grabbed by Moi-linked firm

Monday April 22 2019

Integrity Centre

Integrity Centre in Nairobi where the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) offices are located. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

 NYAMBEGA GISESA
By NYAMBEGA GISESA
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Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Sunday moved to repossess prime land located within the Eldoret central business district, which was grabbed by a firm that was untouchable during the Daniel arap Moi presidency.

On this plot stand the Eldoret Fire Station, the Administration Police camp, the High Court, Children’s, Environment and Land courts, the Court of Appeal and a public hospital.

BITTER WAR

The five parcels of land, valued at over Sh1 billion were grabbed by Lima Limited, one of the biggest dealers in farm equipment in Kenya and which has been in the past found guilty of grabbing public land.

In the 1990s, Lima Ltd tried to seize part of Karura Forest, triggering a bitter war with environmentalist Prof Wangari Maathai. The firm had been given 16 acres of the forest and was selling them at Sh60 million each.

The company, which is co-owned by Mr Moi and former Cabinet minister Nicholas Biwott, who died in July 2017, was one of the multi-billion investments the two leaders co-owned.

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