The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has summoned 30 people including Mavoko MP Patrick Makau and 6 former police bosses as the agency seeks to shed light on the illegal acquisition of the contested Portland Cement land.
In a statement, the agency directed the 30 to appear at the DCI headquarters on Wednesday, October 18 at 8 a.m.
Among high profile individuals set to appear before DCI include two former Deputy County Commissioners and 3 Land Registrars attached to the Ministry of Lands.
The agency has also summoned Aimi Ma Lukenya Society officials as it seeks to unravel the case.
A photo collage of the East African Portland Cement (EAPC) and houses being demolished in Mavoko on October 13, 2023.
EAPC / Wavinya Ndeti
In its statement, DCI explained that the investigations will help in pinpointing how the land, belonging to the cement manufacturer was illegally sold to unsuspecting buyers.
“There is credible information indicating that some of the individuals being evicted from the land in question are innocent buyers who fell victim to fraudsters,” DCI’s statement read in part.
On the other hand, Kenyans who were allegedly swindled into purchasing the land were also requested to present key evidence to the investigative agency.
“We kindly request the affected members of the public to report to the Athi River Police Station immediately, carrying along any documentation or evidence in their possession that would aid in apprehending the land fraudsters, especially evidence of payments made to individuals who sold them land,” DCI said in its statement.
“We will work round the clock, recording statements from all aggrieved Kenyans who may have been swindled out of their money. Rest assured that this exercise will culminate in action against these swindlers,” DCI assured.
The evictions at the Portland cement land began on Friday, October 14 after President William Ruto issued an order directing the revocation of underdeveloped Athi River land.
On its part, Portland Cement on Tuesday, October 17 released a statement defending the eviction process.
“This landmark decision marks the culmination of a nine-year legal battle initiated in 2014 when Aimi Ma Lukenya Society fraudulently claimed ownership of the land,” the statement read.
“The society’s case crumbled due to their inability to produce the original title, contract documents, or any evidence of payment to support their alleged transfer. The title deed they presented was also found to be fake,” further read the statement.
Undated photo of the East African Portland Cement Company in Athi River