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Nairobi residents target MP who signed away their estate

Residents want the anti-graft agency to investigate an MP who signed the transfer of their estate to a provident fund.

Members of the Mariakani Estate Welfare Association said they were finalising a petition asking the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate Moyale MP Roba Duba.

They said he signed the transfer more than eight months after he had resigned as town clerk of the then City Council of Nairobi.

The former council official transferred the estate to the Local Authority Provident Fund (Lapfund) over a Sh2.1 million debt.

FREEZE ASSETS

On Thursday, former Local Government Principal Secretary Karega Mutahi told the Nairobi County Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that at the time of the transfer, the ministry had instructed all local authorities to freeze asset transfers unless expressly authorised by then Minister Musalia Mudavadi.

Prof Mutahi said the ministry would not have approved the transfer of the estate, which is in South B, since the handing over had not been discussed at a full council meeting as required by law.

He said a special finance committee meeting approved the transfer, which he described as illegal.

Prof Mutahi denied knowledge of any engagement with Lapfund but said the government had tried to help the city council pay a Sh8.6 billion loan with the Local Authorities Pension Trust.

He called for the prosecution of those involved in the transaction.

During another PAC meeting last week, County Chief Valuer Isaac Nyoike said a signature in the transfer documents without a name belonged to Nyakach MP Aduma Owuor.

Mr Owuor apparently signed as legal director of the dissolved council on March 18, 2014 when, like Mr Duba, he was already an MP.

REVOKE TRANSFER

Mariakani Estate Welfare Association spokesman Edward Thairu said a case had been filed in court seeking to have the transfer revoked.

The PAC is expected to question other officials involved in the transaction.