Kenya’s lands Cabinet Secretary charged for obstructing investigators

(Reuters) – A Kenyan magistrate’s court has charged Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Kaluki Ngilu with obstructing an investigation into fraudulent land transactions, the deputy director of public prosecutions said on Friday.

Kenya's  lands minister Charity Kaluki Ngilu  in a file photo.
Kenya’s lands minister Charity Kaluki Ngilu in a file photo.

Ngilu, a close ally of President Uhuru Kenyatta, pleaded not guilty. She was released on a cash bail of 1 million shillings.

The charges came three months after the president ordered a crackdown on corruption.

Kenyatta had said he would make the fight against graft a priority, but critics say he has failed to root out corrupt officials in a nation where corruption is seen as a major obstacle to business, law enforcement and provision of public services.

In March, following a report by Kenya’s anti-corruption watchdog, Kenyatta suspended dozens of senior officials, including Ngilu.

“Kenya’s land minister was charged alongside other suspects after a magistrate found there was not enough evidence to separate the charges facing suspended minister,” Jacob Ondari,, deputy director of public prosecutions, told Reuters.


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