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September 25, 2018

Nkedianye slams Kajiado registrar over graft claims

APPOINTMENT: Florence Waiganjo is sworn in as Trade executive in Kajiado county by advocate Edward Oyolla as David Nkedianye looks on in his office yesterday.Photo/Kurgat Marindany
APPOINTMENT: Florence Waiganjo is sworn in as Trade executive in Kajiado county by advocate Edward Oyolla as David Nkedianye looks on in his office yesterday.Photo/Kurgat Marindany

GOVERNOR David Nkedianye yesterday said Kajiado District Land Registry is the most corrupt government office in the county.

 Nkedianye said every department in the registry reaps money through corrupt means. He appealed to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate senior officials in the Lands office.

 The governor was responding to a a warrant of arrest issued by a Mavoko court in Athi River against the local land registrar in Kajiado, Jonathan Koskei.

 Koskei jumped bail in a land fraud case involving two plots.

Kajiado County Commissioner Kobia wa Kamau on Monday said the land registrar could have left the country when he heard that police from the CID land fraud unit were looking for him after a warrant of arrest had been issued.

 Governor Nkedianye was speaking in his office after the swearing-in of four chief officers vetted recently by the county assembly.

Those sworn in were; Morris Kaaka (Finance), Leonard Ritey (Agriculture), Frieda Tait (Health) and Florence Waiganjo (Trade).

 The four, whose position in the county is equivalent to those of the principal secretaries, were told by the governor to help him fight corruption that is threatening to tear apart the county. He said he will not defend any public officer who is caught engaged in corruption.

The governor at the same time yesterday announced that he had appointed two county acting ministers to take over from those who were suspended last week after they were named in a land scam involving 824 acres of community land in Olosho-Oibor in Kajiado West.

The two county executives named are; Joshua Majakusi who is the minister of Agriculture was appointed to take the Lands docket held by suspended Richard Parsitau. Jonah Orumoi of water ministry took over the position of Dickson Ntikoisa as public works minister.

Parsitau and Ntikoisa are still being investigated, said Nkedianye, and that if they will be found to be clean they will get their jobs back.

He also warned others who will break the law by aiding corruption that they face the sack and should not go back to their communities to cry foul over my action. “I expect every one of you to work diligently and promote positive development in your county”, said he.

On the vetting of more chief officers after the county assembly recently rejected six candidates, Nkedianye blamed bad politics at the assembly saying all the candidates were qualified. He however said he is in talks with MCAs with a view to agreeing together how those earlier thrown out can be accepted back.

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