Matiang’i questioned by EACC officers on Ruaraka land saga

PD Reporter @PeopleDailyKe

Interior Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i yesterday  recorded a statement with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) over the Sh3.2 billion Ruaraka land payout.

Investigators from EACC recorded a statement from Matiang’i in his Harambee House office.

After a brief session, the CS excused himself to attend the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) board end-term report handover, where he was the chief guest. He was expected to meet the EACC officers later in the day.

EACC spokesman Yasin Amaro confirmed that the officers had met the CS in his office.

“Our officers went to meet the Cabinet secretary yesterday  morning to record his  statement,” Yasin said without giving further details.

After the IPOA function, the CS declined to respond to media questions about probe.

The minister is said to have told the investigators that he had little role in the matter when he was Education CS, saying he only responded to letters to him by the National Land Commission (NLC).

Matiang’i said he had only replied to a letter from NLC chair Muhamad Swazuri that was forwarded to his office by the Principal Secretary seeking concurrence of the ministry in initiating the compensation process.

Swazuri and NLC vice chair Abigail Mukolwe have been questioned by EACC while former Attorney General Githu Muigai has filed a statement.

Last week Lands Cabinet Secretary Farida Karoney told a parliamentary committee that due process was not followed in the acquisition of the controversial Ruaraka land.

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