Ex-Vice President summoned over alleged land grabbing

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Former Kenyan Vice President Kaonzo Musyoka has been summoned to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters to prove his innocence in the alleged acquisition of public land.

Musyoka is accused of grabbing a 200 acre land in Yatta, Machakos County, Kenya’s Southeastern. National Youth Service is said to be the real owner of the contested land.

This is the second time the Wiper party led is appearing before the agency this year. He first appeared before the DCI in January to shed more light after deputy president William Ruto accused him of land grabbing.

Ruto claimed the only progress Musyoka achieved after being in government for years is land grabbing, a statement that triggered bitter verbal exchange between the two.

He described Ruto as a propagandist while terming himself as a person of “high moral and ethical standards.”

The presidential hopeful accused Ruto of being the biggest land grabber in the country while stating land scandals he has been involved in.

One of the scandals is a case in his Rift Valley backyard where he was once charged with grabbing land belonging to a businessman who later won the case and the second in command was ordered to return the land.

He also mentioned the disputed Lang’ata Road Primary School playground and the Weston Hotel land saga where Ruto’s name featured.

“I own the land legally, the claim by the Deputy President is outrageous and I challenge him to substantiate his allegations,” said Musyoka.

“I have nothing to hide and I today challenge the authorities to open an investigation into this matter. I am today presenting myself for a thorough investigation by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations as well as the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission,” he added.

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