EACC Arrests Kajiado land registrar over Sh148k Bribe

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission sleuths on Saturday arrested two land officials in Kajiado over allegations of corruption.

The EACC said they arrested the two at the Kisamis Lands Office in the Kajiado West subcounty.

They arrested a boss at the station along with another officer working under the prime suspect for demanding a bribe of Sh148,000 from a complainant.

The two, the EACC said, wanted the money to release 74 title deeds held in their office without any lawful justification.

“They were processed at Integrity Centre Police Station on Thursday and later booked at Kilimani Police Station pending further action,” the EACC report said.

The EACC claimed the Kajiado Lands Office is among those with many complaints of corruption in land transactions.

“In the instant case, the Land Registrar has allegedly directly and indirectly through the named officer been extorting money from citizens seeking facilitation of land transactions,” the report said.

The arrest of the two land officials is part of ongoing operations by the commission across the country to tame and disrupt corruption at service delivery points, the report further said.

“Citizens seeking services in Kajiado lands offices are routinely subjected to extortion by corrupt public officials,” said the report.

It said corruption at service delivery points hurts ordinary citizens daily and leads to denial or inordinate delay of services.

EACC urged members of the public with reports of suspected corruption by any state or public official to share the same with them for action under the law.