Mutua wants anti-graft team to probe cement firm land grab

By: STEPHEN MUTHINI

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has invited the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate alleged grabbing of over 13,000 acres of land belonging to the East African Portland Cement Company Limited in Mavoko Sub County.

“The land is question is public property and I am aware some people, including government officials and brokers, are involved in the plot to grab and sell it off,” he said.

Dr Mutua has written to EACC urging it to also investigate elected leaders suspected to be involved in the attempted grabbing.

Dr Mutua was speaking at his office in Machakos after a meeting with officials from the cement company.

The company’s Managing Director Kephar Tande said the grabbers are threatening operations at the factory.

He said the parastatal has the titles of the land in safe custody.

“The land is a public property and there has been no plan to sell it,” said Mr Tande said after the meeting.

On Thursday, Dr Mutua directed all those occupying the land to vacate.

He said there had not been squatters on the land noting that people had been brought in to justify the grabbing.

“The land is not and has never been for sale. Therefore, anyone who has purchased parcels of the land should consider themselves to have been conned and they should report to the police,” said Dr Mutua.

Mr Tande said the grabbing is threatening the jobs of nearly 1,300 workers.

“For five years now, we have been facing invasion,” he lamented. Also present was the chairman Board of Directors Bill Lay.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION