April 22, 2019

DPP bashes claims that he is an obstacle to the Tatu City case


By Jude Titus

The Director of Public Prosecutions [DPP] Keriako Tobiko has refuted claims that he is an obstacle in the Tatu City business empire case. The case involves foreign shareholders against local partners over the ownership and control of the business.

The DPP has today [Monday] urged a trial court to banish a request by the former Governor, Central Bank of Kenya [CBK] Nahashon Nyaga, his Lawyers and co-petitioners to have him forced to give an appraisal of a recommendation for the prosecution of the foreign investors.

On Saturday a constitutional case was filed over an alleged plot by senior counsel Ahmednasir Abdullahi to influence the investigations.

Papers filed in court on behalf of Mr. Nahashon Nyaga, Lucas Omariba [former Tatu City CEO] and Rachel Murugi, Tobiko and Halakhe Waqo [EACC] indicated that they are allegedly influenced by Ahmednasir to overturn investigations by the CID.

‘‘The DPP has, in reliance upon the directions and control of Mr. Abdullahi Ahmednasir Maalim who acts for Messrs Stephen Armstrong Jennings and Robert James Reid interfered with the investigations and the appraisal on the complaint dated June 19, 2015 by Purple Saturn,’’ the documents seen by The Standard on Sunday read.

Ahmednasir is said to have claimed that the Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss Ndegwa Muhoro received Sh50 million and a 300 acre promise of the land from Nyaga and his team to influence ongoing investigations.

He also added that any person with evidence against him should share it immediately with the relevant authorities for action.

The vision of Tatu City was initiated out of a partnership between Moscow based Renaissance Partners and Tatu City Limited as a solution to the housing deficit as well as to sustain growth in Nairobi.

Tatu City although located in the outskirts of Nairobi offers investors a world-class infrastructure services grid with clear development guidelines and guaranteed title of ownership. 70, 000 residents will have a lifetime opportunity to live and work in Tatu once the project is complete.

As of 2012, more than 25 percent of Kenya’s population live in urban areas and the figure continues to increase rapidly by over 4 percent per annum.

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