MCAs dis­own Sh340m land val­u­a­tion re­port

Com­mit­tee chair­man says he con­ducted ap­praisal with sup­port from the assem­bly

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - ALICE WAITHERA @Alice­wangechi

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.

/ALICE WAITHERA / NAME OF AU­THOR

The Mu­rang’a county assem­bly in Mu­rang’a town Forty leagues it stretched from the Far Downs to the Brandy­wine Bridge, and fifty from the north­ern

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