MCAs disown Sh340m land valuation report
Committee chairman says he conducted appraisal with support from the assembly
The Murang’a assembly has rejected the land valuation document tabled before the Senate’s PAC by Senator Kembi Gitura.
They said the document was forged. But Lands and Physical Planning Committee chairman Duncan Njuguna says it is valid and the valuation was done with the support of the MCAs.
Gitura said the county bought land for Sh10 million an acre, double the valuation cost of Sh5 million.
In a letter by clerk Chris Kinyanjui addressed to county secretary Patrick Mukuria, the assembly has denied authorising a valuation of the 34 acres the county bought for Sh340 million.
“We confirm that the office of the clerk did not procure the services of a valuer for the parcel,” the letter reads.
The clerk declined to comment. But some MCAs claim he only found out about the valuation report last week.
Kinyanjui was responding to a letter from Mukuria, who asked if the assembly had conducted the valuation through a private valuer.
“As you are aware, land is an emotive issue with the potential of causing lawlessness. This office requests your office to confirm whether the valuation report emanated from your office,” Mukuria’s letter read.
Gitura tabled the document before a committee that questioned Governor Mwangi Wairia about alleged misappropriation of funds on October 27.
Some MCAs, led by majority leader Peter Kihungi, later accused Gitura of tabling a forged document and lying that it came from the assembly.
But Njuguna said he unofficially conducted the valuation with the support of the assembly on November 6 last year.
He said 34 MCAs, who voted for Wairia’s impeachment last October, agreed in a meeting to conduct the valuation to strengthen the sacking bid.
Njuguna said MCAs made personal contributions to have the valuation done. But Kihungi said the majority were unaware of the valuation.
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