One Tanzanian legislator once said that the best way to have free time and enjoy comedy is to watch Kenyan news, a statement many dismissed but which carried a lot of weight.
In the recent months, Kenyans have been treated from one episode of corruption drama to another with actors remaining the same in almost every new series.
One of the most dramatic and most fascinating episodes in Kenyan Corruption Drama and Reality Show, with the acting state set within the Jubilee Government, is the Ruaraka Land Saga.
It is said that the government used more than 1.5 billion shillings to buy land from itself. Simply put, the government bought land from the government. How can I put it? It is like owning a shop, taking money from the shop and buying a product from the same shop using the same money. Dramatic. Right?
And now, it is emerging that more than 30 top government officials might have taken part in sharing the loot from the Ruaraka Land saga.
It is also emerging that 10 Cabinet Secretaries in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government are on the DCI and DPP’s radar following their role in the saga. It is said that a former Attorney General might also be on the watch following his role in the same.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has a total of 21 cabinet secretaries. This means that if the DPP and the DCI will move to arrest 10 of them, more than 48 percent of the cabinet, the government will remain with only 11 CSs.
How the Money Moved
The money first moved from the Ministry of Education bank account and landed in the National Land Commissions’ bank account. The 1.5 billion shillings were deposited on 20th January 2018 to a National Bank in Upperhill.
The money then moved from National Bank in Upperhill to an account owned by Whispering Palms Estates Limited. It stayed there for a day before 930 million was moved to another account owned by Champions Kenya Limited.
The 930 million shillings that landed on Champions Kenya Limited account was shared within 20 days. On 31st January, two unnamed individuals and two companies were given 9.6 million shillings. According to EACC, the Ruaraka Land saga was a clear theft of public funds.
Swazuri under Siege
The National Land Commission Chairman Muhammad Swazuri has been said to be the man under siege. It is said that the man played a very critical role in the disappearance of the 1.5 billion shillings, taxpayers’ money. He is yet to be arrested.