How Cartel At City Hall Tried Grabbing Prime Land from Women’s Group

Mr Ghovel Cheruiyot, Valuation Department -City Hall

  • Sources say Mr Cheruiyot received more than Kshs. 100, 000 from an official of the group to start affecting the fraud without the knowledge of his colleagues; the fraud was detected in time by other members who reported the matter to Nairobi’s Central Police Station where Cheruiyot was summoned for grilling

  • Mr Cheruiyot owned up to police officers about his involvement but said that he was given only Ksh. 90, 000.00 and was willing to refund the money

After years of fierce legal battles against the Kenya Police Service to secure a multi-billion shillings prime property land next to Wilson Airport, the Wilson Mitumba Women Group’s woes are far from over. The Weekly Vision has established the group is now fighting against a ruthless land grabbing cartel currently housed at the Nairobi City County government offices who have made attempts to grab whatever little is left of the property.

At the center of the scheme is one Ghovel Cheruiyot, head of the valuation department at City Hall. Mr Cheruiyot is facing accusations from a section of the members of Wilson Mitumba Women Group who say, he in collusion with some officials at the Ministry of Lands, has entrenched a fraudulent operation to grab their land. The move was designed to swindle part of the multi-billion shillings land from the group to their benefit.

Sources say Mr Cheruiyot received more than Kshs. 100, 000 from an official of the group to start affecting the fraud without the knowledge of his colleagues; the fraud was detected in time by other members who reported the matter to Nairobi’s Central Police Station where Cheruiyot was summoned for grilling recently.

 He owned up to police officers about his involvement but said that he was given only Ksh. 90, 000.00 and was willing to refund the money. However, according to our investigations, we established that the fraud scheme currently being executed at City Hall and the Ministry of Lands is far from over. The Central Police’s intervention to probe the reported fraud was only a tiny bump in the things to come over the said land.

Impeccable sources from within the group who cannot be named because of their security concerns said: “There is more money involved in the whole operation than you can imagine and these characters are determined to secure a ‘title deed’ of part of the land at whatever cost through legal or even fraudulent means, they already have a buyer with an office on Town House Nairobi. The official believes he’s dealing with an uninformed, penniless and un-connected member of Mutumba Women Group.”

The Wilson Mutumba Women Group Secretary Isaac Mburu Njuguna is on record confirming that the group was aware of the recent developments involving fraudsters at City Hall and at the Ministry of Lands to deny them a title deed to the 70-acre prime land next to Wilson Airport. In a phone interview with The Weekly Vision, Mr Njuguna said: “It is bitter that for more than two decades we have been fighting for our land, ending up in court against the National Police service before the Court of Law to come to our rescue. We are now faced with a fresh problem of dealing with new fraudsters. Mr Njuguna said despite the trials and tribulations they have gone through, the entire group membership however poor or powerless they may be, is going to fight for their rights to the bitter end rather than succumb to the whims of fraudsters.

Milimani Law Courts Senior Principal Magistrate Martha Mutuku recently acquitted the group’s Secretary Mburu Njuguna on grounds that the prosecution had not proved a case against him, he was acquitted under section 210 of the Criminal Procedure Code. ”After analyzing all the evidence and lengthy submissions by lawyers, I have found that Njuguna was simply charged because he was an official of the group,” ruled Mutuku.

The 10-year-old court battle saw, Njuguna and Joseph Gitau charged with making false documents, uttering a false document and conspiracy to defraud the National Police Service of a 70-acre piece of land.

Through lawyer John Ogada, Njuguna argued that the case was registered in court in 2008 and had therefore taken years passing from one magistrate to another adding that the dispute arose between Wilson Mutumba Women Group and the National Police Service after the land which was allocated to them in 1987, was illegally subdivided. It was alleged that the criminal case was brought forth to intimidate them and to force them to abandon the land by the Kenya National Police force who vowed to appeal against the ruling before the entry of the current fraudsters.

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