Businessman Francis Mburu now seeks protection from EACC


Businessman Francis Mburu now seeks protection from EACC

In Summary

  • Mr. Mburu on Wednesday asked the court to temporarily bar EACC from further arresting or questioning him in regard to the controversial land, pending hearing and determination of his case.
  • The city tycoon, whose house was raided last week by EACC detectives before being arrested on Wednesday, accuses the anti-graft body of threatening him with a view to have him concede to "malicious demands."
  • He further asked the court to order EACC officers to return title deeds, and national identification documents seized from directors of his companies.

Nairobi businessman Francis Mburu, the apparent owner of the controversial 96-acre Ruaraka land, has moved to court seeking protection from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) which he accuses of harassment.

Mr. Mburu on Wednesday asked the court to temporarily bar EACC from further arresting or questioning him in regard to the controversial land, pending hearing and determination of his case.

The city tycoon, whose house was raided last week by EACC detectives before being arrested on Wednesday, accuses the anti-graft body of threatening him with a view to have him concede to “malicious demands.”

“There is sustained and malicious effort by respondent who is ostensibly acting at the instigation of the extortionists to arbitrarily threaten the applicants with a view to have them concede to their demands to unduly use of criminal justice processes to prejudice and embarrass them on basis of fabricated allegations for ulterior motive other than vindication of the law,” reads the court document.

The petitioner alleges that the EACC  is arbitrarily misusing the arms of the law to score a private advantage in the ongoing litigation by concurrently investigating questions that have either been heard and determined or are already pending in court.

The embattled billionaire businessman laments that his rights and that of his companies; Huelands Limited as well as Afrison Export and Import Ltd,  have “consistently and deliberately been violated and continue to be threatened by EACC.”

He further asked the court to order EACC officers to return title deeds, and national identification documents seized from directors of his companies.

Mburu maintains that the ownership of the said land, which is under probe, has been adjudicated in a number of cases which have been decided accordingly, hence, its his position that if anyone is aggrieved they should use court process to air grievances.

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