Businessman Francis Mburu in Ruaraka land saga arrested


Businessman Francis Mburu -- the man who is at the centre of the Ruaraka Land ...
Businessman Francis Mburu -- the man who is at the centre of the Ruaraka Land saga. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • Francis Mburu made headlines after claims that the government bought its own land.
  • He is said to have been paid Ksh.1.5B by the Ministry of Education, through the National Land Commission.
  • The payment was apparently to serve as compensation for the land on which Ruaraka Secondary and Drive Inn primary schools are built.

Francis Mburu, a businessman at the centre of the Ruaraka land saga, has been arrested.

Reports indicate that he is currently being held at the Nairobi Area Police Station.

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The reasons surrounding the arrest are still unclear.

Francis Mburu made headlines after claims that the government bought its own land.

Last week. detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) raided his homes in Karen and Riverside.

The sleuths seized computers, documents and cash even as Mburu maintained that he would sue the government.

“I will be taking this matter to court to seek rent for the 34 years that the schools have been occupying my land, which is valued at Ksh.5.9 billion,” he recently told the Senate committee.

“I have a court order showing that the government has been sitting on my land illegally.

“I have a court order allowing me to demolish illegal structures, including the two schools. But I have not evicted the schools because I care for the children. I hope you will be fair to me,” he added.

He is said to have been paid Ksh.1.5billion by the Ministry of Education, through the National Land Commission.

The payment was apparently to serve as compensation for the 13.5-acre land on which Ruaraka Secondary and Drive Inn primary schools are built.

Last week, Francis Mburu was grilled for 14 hours by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

The probe is seemingly narrowing down on three Cabinet Secretaries, three Principal Secretaries and three National Land Commissioners.

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