The clean crisp bank notes recovered from Swazuri team- PHOTOS
Photos of the clean crisp bank notes, amounting Sh18 million, that were recovered during a raid on the homes and offices of top National Lands Commission bosses can now be revealed.
Among those whose homes were raided was the commission’s chairman Mohammed Swazuri.
The money, which was in Kenyan Shillings and US Dollars, was recovered on Thursday by detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
The EACC detectives netted more than $170,000 and Sh1 million in what they described as a major breakthrough in their investigation on skewed compensation of land for the Standard Gauge Railway.
The simultaneous raids, which were conducted at the crack of dawn, were sanctioned by a court following a probe into billions of shillings paid to land owners which paved the way for construction of the Nairobi-Mombasa Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).
The Transport Ministry last November said the SGR land compensation bill stands at Sh33 billion or 10 per cent of the project cost of Sh327billion.
A petitioner seeking Swazuri’s removal from office on Thursday told MPs that Swazuri received a Sh1.2 million bribe to process compensation for land for SGR.
He was to receive an additional Sh25 million if the petitioner successfully got paid for a seven acre piece of land worth Sh43 million. Swazuri has denied all the allegations saying it is aimed at bringing him down.