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Governor Sakaja’s Urban Planning CEC says he’s worth Sh600 million

Nairobi County Government first nominee for the County Executive Committee (CEC) appeared on Monday to face the Assembly Committee of Appointment.

Mr Stephen Mwangi, who is nominated for the position of Build Environment and Urban Planning told the committee that he is worth Sh612.5 million.

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Mr Mwangi said that his net worth is distributed in terms of assets, including rentals which he started back in 1987, as well as solid cash in the bank, which is Sh12.5 million.

The nominee had a rough time before the committee explained his retirement age.

County Assembly Majority Leader Peter Imwatok questioned the nominee why he is still in office, and why he should serve as CEC after serving since the time of Nairobi City Council administration, to the defunct Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS).

In his defence, the nominee said that he was supposed to retire in 2017, but had been serving on contracts by then.

“I’m not a county employee. I’m on contract,” Mr Mwangi said.

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On the issue of land grabbing, Mr Mwangi said that he is not a land grabber and that the corruption cases that were reported to court are being dealt with by the lawyers.

On Mavoko cemetery land, the nominee said that the land is still vacant, idle and not creating any value for the county.

“We still hold our original title of Mavoko land,” Mr Mwangi said.

One of the committee members had raised the issue of Mavoko land being grabbed and distributed to various developers.

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The nominee said that under his watch as the Chief Officer in the County Planning office, no land has been grabbed since 2013.

Mr Mwangi has told the committee that if he is approved, he will ensure that all the grabbed lands are claimed back.

Regarding the cases of houses collapsing in Nairobi, the nominee said that if appointed, he will closely work with the Assembly to ensure that all the houses are approved before construction.

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