Three former lands officials have been arrested by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) for facilitating the illegal acquisition of a public land valued at Ksh.30 million.
The three are: Wilson Gachanja who is the former Commissioner of Lands; Zablon Mabeya, an ex-Senior Lands officer in charge of Coast Province and Jabu Salim Mohamed, a former Physical Planner, Ministry of Lands.
The public land in question is a public access road- Kwale Diani/Beach Block/1072.
“The arrested suspects are currently being escorted to Integrity Centre for further processing for arraignment before Mombasa Law Court on Tuesday, 21st June, 2022,” EACC said in a statement.
Speaking to Citizen Digital, EACC Chief Executive Officer Twalib Mbarak said two of the arrested land officials feature in most of the pleadings they have filed in court seeking to recover illegally acquired public land.
“EACC seeks to hold all the public officials involved to account. Public officials hold office to serve public interest and as such, they should at all-time desist from breaching the trust vested in them. Investigations targeting more public officials on related public land matters are ongoing,” Mbarak added.