Senators want Matiang'i, Kipsang investigated for Ruaraka land scandal

Education PS Belio Kipsang, then Education and current Interior CS Fred Matiang'i and KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion have a chat before a press briefing at the KICD centre in Nairobi, January 3, 2018. /VICTOR IMBOTO
Education PS Belio Kipsang, then Education and current Interior CS Fred Matiang'i and KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion have a chat before a press briefing at the KICD centre in Nairobi, January 3, 2018. /VICTOR IMBOTO

The Senate Public Accounts Committee wants Interior CS Fred Matiang'i

held accountable for controversial Ruaraka land transactions.

The committee wants the minister investigated alongside Education Principal Secretary

Belio Kipsang.

Senators called for the investigations on Wednesday, saying the two should be probed in three months.

"Carry out

investigations on the circumstances that caused the then Education CS Matiang'i and Kipsang to ignore recommendations

of the quality assurance and standards

assessment report," the committee

said in its report.

If found culpable, the two will be barred from holding public office.

The 13.7 acre land

neighbours GSU headquarters, De La Rue and the Kenya School of Monetary Studies.

Matiang'i and Kipsang disregarded the ministry's internal report on authorising Sh1.5 billion payments for the property.

Fresh documents tabled in Parliament showed that a team appointed by the Ministry of Education to investigate the land’s ownership concluded that the parcel occupied by Ruaraka High School and Drive-In Primary was public.

The report by the Quality Assurance and Standards task force was submitted to Matiang'i and Kipsang on February 3, 2017 — 11 months before the duo approved payment of Sh1.5 billion to city businessman Francis Mburu.

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