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Six face Sh11b land fraud charges in Machakos

Friday, May 17th, 2024 06:35 | By
Six traders have been charged with defrauding a farmer’s society of 452 hectares of land valued at Sh11 billion within Mavoko Machakos County.
Six traders have been charged with defrauding a farmer’s society of 452 hectares of land valued at Sh11 billion within Mavoko Machakos County. PHOTO/Print

Six traders have been charged with defrauding a farmer’s society of 452 hectares of land valued at Sh11 billion within Mavoko Machakos County.

Mohamed Kuroyow, Mohamed Salat Ibrahim, Omar Khalif Adan, Adow Ahmed Mohamed, Jeremiah Mutisya Paul and Joseph Njue who appeared before Milimani principal magistrate Rose Ndombi denied the fraud charges against them.

The six traders were accused of conspiring to defraud Drumvale Farmer’s Cooperative Society members of 452 hectares of land valued at Sh11bn.

The court heard the land is situated within Mavoko, Machakos County.

Kuroyow, Ibrahim, Adan, Mohamed and Mutisya denied a charge of obtaining registration of the 452 hectares fraudulently on diverse dates between September 13, 2018 and January 7, 2021.

The five allegedly committed the fraud at Ardhi House while in the company of others not before court.

Ndombi heard the five procured registration of the land in their names. The land is known as Mavoko Block 12 No.IR204303 LR.8529/7 (Originally 8529/1).

While procuring the registration Mohamed, Adan, Kuroyow, Mutisya and Ibrahim pretended they were the bonafide owners of the said land.

The accused persons denied another county of hiving 141 hectares from the 452 hectares of the said land then registered it in the name of Ganana Developers Limited.

Ndombi heard the value of the 141 hectares is Sh3bn. The magistrate heard the claim the accused were bonafide the owners of land was likely to trigger a breach of peace since they were not the genuine owners of the land in dispute.

The accused applied to be freed on bond and the prosecution did not oppose the bail plea.

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