The justice net in Kenya has sieved yet another powerful former office holder drowning in corruption case.
Former National Land Commission Chairman Muhammad Swazuri has been released on a cash bail of Sh 12 million with a bond option of Sh 30 million.
The bail, however, varies for each of his co-accused persons depending on the number of counts that each has.
Prof Swazuri is charged alongside former National Land Commission commissioner Emma Njogu, former NLC chief executive officer Tom Aziz Chavangi, Dr. Salome Munubi, director valuation, and taxation and the Commission’s secretary Lilian Kaverenge.
Other suspects are Francis Mugo, the director of finance and administration at NLC, businessman Samuel Rugongo, Godfrey Muritu, Evahmary Wachera, Michael Oloo and an advocate Catherine Wanjiru.
They are accused jointly of conspiring to commit corruption through the fraudulent payment of Sh109 million for alleged compulsory acquisition of land from Tornado carriers on behalf of Kenya National Highways Authority.
The land was for the construction of the Mombasa Southern Bypass and Kipevu New Highway Container Terminal link road.
The eleven denied corruption related charges on Thursday last week and had to spend the Easter holiday behind bars after Senior Principal Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi postponed the bail ruling to Tuesday morning.
They are facing more than 20 counts including corruption, abuse of office, financial misconduct, fraudulent acquisition of public funds and money laundering.
Some of the suspects were also ordered to present themselves to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission offices at Integrity House on Tuesday morning without fail. Mr. Mugambi directs the police to arrest them should they fail to show up.