Dennis Itumbi sues CS Matiang’i over the controversial Ruaraka land
An ex-parte hearing of a case where former State House digital strategist Dennis Itumbi has sued Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Mataing’i is set to take place on Tuesday, November 24.
Itumbi, who is suing Dr. Matiang’i over the Ruaraka land scam, filed the case as a private prosecution and made an application on a certificate of urgency on the 18th of this month.
He is listed as the applicant against the Interior CS, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.
Itumbi seeks to prosecute CS Matiang’i over the irregular acquisition of what came to be known as the Ruaraka Primary School land when he was Education CS.
He is prosecuting the Interior CS on four counts of abuse of office and corruption related charges.
In November 2018, the Senate shot down a report recommending investigations and prosecution of Matiang’i, Education PS Dr. Belio Kipsang and top National Land Commission (NLC) officials over the controversial Ksh.1.5 billion Ruaraka land compensation to businessman Francis Mburu.
Though only four senators; Kipchumba Murkomen, Gideon Moi, Susan Kihika and Samson Cherargey opposed the report, the 15 who voted in support were not enough, since a minimum of 24 votes were required for the House to adopt the committee’s findings. Some senators absconded the sitting.
The report had recommended recovery of the Ksh.1.5 billion paid out to Francis Mburu by the Ministry of Education, through the National Land Commission.
The senate committee also recommended Mburu’s prosecution and recovery of any taxes owed to the Kenya Revenue Authority even as the businessman threatened to sue Nairobi County Government, for allegedly allocating up to 800 plots amounting to 47 acres from his 96-acre parcel of land.
The senate committee found Mburu guilty of seeking compensation for the 13-acre parcel of land where Drive Inn Primary and Ruaraka Secondary Schools are built, yet the government had acquired it through compulsory surrender.