In revelations made yesterday before the National Assembly’s Public Finance Committee, the National Land Commission (NLC) paid Sh 135.5 million for a 50-acre parcel in Murang’a County, the transaction of which is in the course of Investigations had been frozen.
MPs heard that the Asset Recovery Agency (ARA) had restricted the land because of the investigations it was conducting, but the NLC acquired it on behalf of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The acquisition was flagged by Auditor-General Nancy Gathungu.
The package was paid in full in 2017 to help solve solid waste disposal problems in Murang’a, Kiambu and Nairobi.
< p> The committee chaired by Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi is reviewing the NLC accounts for acquisitions made on behalf of other agencies for the fiscal years 2014/15 to 2016/17.
With the nature of the ARA investigations still unclear, PAC has asked the agency’s director, Muthoni Kimani, to shed more light on the pressures it has placed on the country.
Appears Before the Housing and Urban Development Committee Chief Secretary Charles Hinga had a hard time explaining why the compulsory acquisition of land continued despite the strain. It happened when it emerged that the government had not yet received the title deed.
Members heard that the land is still registered under Chosen Builders Investment Limited, even though the payment was completed in 2018. The payments were made in two installments of Sh 53 million on April 20, 2017 and Sh 82.47 million on January 12, 2018.
MPs are now warning that the delays in obtaining the title have already reached Investments made in the country amounting to over 800 million Shillings endangered by the government and the World Bank.
Mr. Wandayi and the MP of the Garissa municipality, Aden Duale, wondered why the government is spending so much money on would spend a project whose ownership remains in doubt.
Shifted Debt to NLC
“Was this land free of encumbrances before you bought it? They will help us to see every shadowy detail behind this project, “said Wandayi.
Mr. Duale was not sure if due diligence was being carried out on the land. “They bought land that was being investigated. How was the person paid without giving up the title? “Posed Mr. Duale.
Mr. Hinga upheld the ARA investigation and shifted the blame to the NLC, which is legally required to forcibly acquire land for other agencies.
” It gave a lot of trust between us (housing and urban development) and NLC. We gave money to NLC to buy the land and they did, “the PS said, adding that the land was owned by M / s Chosen Builders Limited according to the title search.
” The process was lawful, transparent, and accountable, and free of collusion, conflict of interest, or abuse of office as carried out by the NLC, which gave it a lower rating, ”claimed the PS. However, this did not satisfy members’ concerns.
Downgrading the project
“Is the World Bank aware of a dispute over ownership of the land on which its money is being spent? becomes? ? When does the title deed pass to the new owner? “Posed Mr. Wandayi.
The PS confirmed that the government has not yet informed the World Bank of the disputes on the land.
The special audit finds that the project does have the solution According to representatives of the Nairobi Metropolitan Services Improvement Projects, the project was downgraded to the Murang’a downgrade in the three counties.
The special audit failed to determine the reason for the downgrade of the project.
“At the time of the audit, no documents were submitted, so the price-performance ratio for the property purchased cannot be determined,” the audit said