High court restricts Swazuri from holding commission meetings before end of his term


High Court has decline to review orders barring National Land Commission Chairperson Muhammud Swazuri from convening commission meetings before his tenure ends.

Justice Hedwig Ong’udi ruled that she will not allow Swazuri to put the court in what could turn into parallel proceedings before the court and trial court.
“Holding of meetings is purely an internal matter and personal to NLC and the court would not want to turn itself into a supervisor of the commission’s internal affairs,” the judge ruled.
In addition, the court ruled that there was no new material that had been presented before it and the issue of Swazuri and other commissioners vacating office on 19th February this year or there about is not anything new.
“They new it even before being charged before the Anti-Corruption court,” she added.
The members of the alleged meetings include seven witnesses in a case where the chairman, Kenya Railways Managing Director Atanas Maina and 15 others are facing charges of conspiring to defraud the government Sh 221.3 million.
It was his argument that the commission needs to convene meetings and prepare to hand over and transition together with other commissioners since their term in office is coming to a close.
The accused persons are also facing charges of abuse of office, breach of trust, acquisition of public property among others.