FORMER NLC BOSS SWAZURI ALLOWED LIMITED ACCESS TO COMMISSION’S OFFICE.

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Former National Land Commission Chairman Mohamed Swazuri before Nairobi Anti-Corruption Court on Tuesday August 28,2018/PHOTO BY S.A.N.
BY SAM ALFAN.

Former National Land Commission Chairman Mohamed Swazuri has been  given limited access to his office, but after informing the  Commission’s CEO and the  EACC, the court has  ruled.

Trial Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi, said that Swazuri  can only access office under the  supervision to avoid  interference of  prosecution  witnesses.

“For constitutional office holders, the first accused (Mohammed Swazuri), who has been at the helm of the NLC and indeed any other constitutional office holder prior written authorization by the Secretary/CEO of the commission authorizing the access after making consultations with the investigative agency in this case so that the appropriate arrangements (if any) can be made to ensure contact with witnesses who are expected to testify against accused is minimized or that any other evidence properly secured “. Ruled Mugambi.

He said the  court has no power to bar or suspending  him  from  entering office, given that he occupies a constitutional office.

Mr Mugambi, however said that other  public officers who have been charged alongside hi cannot access their respective offices until their  criminal case facing them is heard and determined.

The  court  declined to vary bond terms  issued to him, saying that the application  for review should be filed at high court.

EACC on Friday opposed application by former National Land Commission seeking to review his bond term conditions that restrained him from accessing his office without investigating officer.

“This court has no authority under the law to review the bond terms. This matter ought to be place before the high court and not before you” Dorcas to the court.

In the preliminary objection, they argued investigations have established that Mohammed Swazuri has been accessing and giving instructions to officers at NLC. They attached a letter dated 9 of August ,2018 with Swazuri instruction to the vice chairman.

EACC said Swazuri office is part of a crime as most of the witnesses are junior officers working under him at NLC offices at Ardhi house ad he will interfere with the witnesses and documentary exhibit.

The affidavit said Swazuri is not the office that he holds and his suspension or requirement to allow him to access his in the company of a police officer cannot bring the activities of the office to any halt.

“The chairman (Mohammed Swazuri) is not a office. An attempt to invite the court to find the office without a chairman is not operational is laughable” submitted Dorcas.

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