BY ELKANA JACOB AND MAUREEN MUDI for the Star
November 12, 2015
Lamu West MP Julius Ndegwa is apparently in trouble again â€“ this time over the alleged forging of a dead manâ€™s signature in order to acquire land in Lamu.
He is accused of forging the late Omar Kola Barisaâ€™s signature and obtaining 4.5 hectares in the prime port area of Hindi/Magogoni.
The MP is also said to have obtained a certificate of power of attorney with the fake signature, which he used to sell the plot.
Ndegwa allegedly sold the plots to two businessmen in the area, Yussuf Sufi Abasheikh and Mohaddin Sufi Abasheikh, at Sh4million. During the land transfer, the anomalies were spotted, with the MP promising to pay a fee of Sh2million to the two individuals as a gesture of apology.
The businessmen, who are brothers, now accuse Ndegwa of issuing at least six bouncing cheques for the refund of their money.
The Star has exclusively obtained copies of the slips and agreements.
The cheques were allegedly drawn on the Equity and Cooperative banks between September 30, 2014 and January 30 this year.
The DPP, in a letter dated July 30, directed the CID to speed up investigations into the matter.
Prosecution counsel Gertrude Kiilu, in the letter referenced â€˜Complaint against Hon Julius Ndegwa Kariuki, MP Lamu West constituency, on allegations of obtaining money by false pretences, issuing bounced cheques, fraud and forgeryâ€™, asked the CID to forward the police file to the DPPâ€™s office for perusal and further necessary action.
â€œKindly treat this matter as urgent and expedite,â€ he added.
Three people have already been summoned by the CID over the issue.
But Ndegwa denies having issued any bouncing cheques, saying the issue is â€œpoliticalâ€.
Ndegwa told the Star that, on top of not issuing any bouncing cheques, he doesn’t know the two individuals â€“ and then hung up.
A number of legislators have threatened to sponsor a motion seeking to remove Lands Commission chairman Mohammed Swazuri from office for allegedly failing to address land injustices in Lamu county.
Head of the Land Fraud Investigations Unit Ndumba Thangalani confirmed the interrogation and said that his officers are on the ground.
â€œThe results and well-compiled report will be out soon, we have started serious interrogations,â€ he said.