Muhuri wants CJ to in­ter­vene in ‘forgery’ case

They say MP pledged to re­pay Sh4 mil­lion to the two, plus a Sh2 mil­lion ‘apol­ogy’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - RAMADHAN RA­JAB @Rra­jab

The DCI has been ac­cused of fail­ing to open crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions against Lamu West MP Julius Ndegwa, a year af­ter for­mal com­plaints were made against him in­volv­ing a land deal.

The MP is al­leged to have il­le­gally sold 14 acres us­ing forged doc­u­ments. He is also fac­ing sep­a­rate crim­i­nal charges of mis­use of CDF funds.

The land has since been re­claimed by the own­ers. How­ever, Ndegwa has not re­funded the Sh4 mil­lion he was paid by buy­ers Yusuf Abasheik and Mo­haddin Sufi. He is ac­cused by the two of con­sis­tently is­su­ing bad cheques.

Through the Mus­lims for Hu­man Rights, they have writ­ten to the Chief Jus­tice, seek­ing his in­ter­ven­tion.

Copies of slips and agree­ment doc­u­ments in our pos­ses­sion show that Ndegwa al­legedly forged Omar Barisa’s sig­na­ture and ob­tained the 14 acres of prime land in Hindi Ma­gogoni. Us­ing a forged cer­tifi­cate of power of at­tor­ney pur­port­edly signed on Septem­ber 24, 2010, by Barisa, he sold the land to the two busi­ness­men. Barisa died 11 years ago.

But dur­ing the land trans­fer, ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties were spot­ted and the MP promised to re­pay the Sh4 mil­lion to the two and an ad­di­tional Sh2 mil­lion as a ges­ture of apol­ogy, since he had kept the com­plainants’ money for a long time. “As re­im­burse­ment, the MP agreed to is­sue monthly post­dated cheques of Sh1 mil­lion through agent Sheikh Mo­hamed within six months. All the cheques bounced, as is ev­i­dent in the no­tices of dishonour from the Gulf African Bank,” Salim Wampy from Muhuri writes to the CJ.

Muhuri, act­ing on be­half of the two, made a com­plaint to the DCI Mom­basa, but said no ac­tion was taken.

“I will ab­stain from com­ment­ing on the is­sue, be­cause you al­ways re­port what you want, not what you are told,” Ndegwa told the Star when he was reached for com­ment yes­ter­day.

In June 22 last year, a let­ter to the DCI, the Ethics and Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion said the al­le­ga­tions against the MP pointed to forgery, ob­tain­ing by false pre­tences and is­su­ing bounc­ing cheques.

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