Mwakwere rushes to EACC offices after Swazuri is arrested
Veteran politician Chirau Ali Mwakwere on Saturday morning rushed to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) offices in Nairobi to enquire on the whereabouts of National Land Commission boss Muhammad Swazuri.
Mwakwere confidently informed journalists camping at outside the offices that he had come to confirm whether or not it was true Swazuri had been arrested.
Never the man to shy away from speaking his mind, Mwakwere clarified he made the statement in reference to the arrest of National Land Commission chairman Muhammad Swazuri on Saturday morning.
“I have received several phone calls from Kwale and my people have asked me to come here and see what is wrong with our brother Muhammed Swazuri,” Mwakwere said from his passenger seat inside an SUV vehicle.
The former Cabinet Minister was later allowed access to the offices.
Swazuri’s arrest comes barely a day after Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji preferred corruption and economic crimes charges against him and several other public servants.
Swazuri, who recently told journalists at a press briefing that he ‘doesn’t even fear the (International Criminal Court) ‘Hague’, is said to be in trouble over the way his office conducted the compensation module for land acquired from the public meant to construct the Standard Gauge Railway.
He was seized at 5am by detectives on Saturday alongside Kenya Railways boss Atanas Maina, the Commission’s chief executive/secretary Chavangi Aziz Tom, Land Commission directors Salome Munubi and Francis Mugo, land registrar Mwikali Muyanga and licensed land surveyor PObadiah Mbugua Wainaina.
Mwakwere’s ‘rescue mission’ doesn’t seem to have borne immediate fruit as all indications are that Swazuri and the others arrested will be presented in court on Monday morning to plead to the charges.
This after EACC’s Chief Executive Halakhe Waqo confirmed that there is ‘overwhelming evidence’ to charge the suspects who remain in detention.