Ngilu off the hook in Sh8bn Karen land saga

Ngilu off the hook in Sh8bn Karen land saga
  • Charity Ngilu is alleged to have beneffitted  from double allocation of a 134-acre land parcel in Karen valued at Sh8 billion
  • She was accused of blocking investigations into the scandal during her tenure as Lands CS

A court has today let former cabinet secretary Charity Ngilu off the hook in a multi-billion shilling land case against her where she was alleged to have obstructed investigations into the controversial land sale.

The Milimani Anti-Corruption Court withdrew the case against the former Lands minister terming the obstruction of justice case against her as unconstitutional even as the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) agreed to drop the suit.

Ngilu, represented by Senior Counsel Paul Muite, successfully appealed before Court of Appeal judges Jamila Mohamed, Wanjiru Karanja and Alnashir Visram to have the graft charges thrown out with seven other suspects charged alongside her expected to be hauled before the process of a full trial.

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Senior Principal Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi directed DPP Keriako Tobiko to omit the NARC Kenya party leader’s name from the charge sheet.

Ngilu was in June last year charged with obstructing the anti-graft agency from investigating the 134-acre Karen land scandal.

Former Cabinet Secretaries Charity Ngilu (Lands) and Michael Kamau (Transport) at Milimani law courts in November 2015 when they challenged the constitutionality of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission. (Photo: The Star Kenya)

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She was charged along eight other Ministry of Lands officials for allegedly benefitting from the double allocation of the 134 acre land parcel in Karen valued at Sh8 billion.

A police officer mans part of the controversial land (Photo: Daily Post)

She was among five cabinet secretaries suspended by President Uhuru Kenyatta in March 2016 to allow the EACC conclude its investigations into corruption complaints levelled against them.

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