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‘Moi lawyer’ pocketed Sh255 million in land deal, police say

A lawyer who allegedly represented retired President Daniel arap Moi in a deal in which a university and a bank executive claim their land has been grabbed pocketed a whopping Sh255 million in the questioned transaction, police say in an affidavit filed at the High Court.

Mr Omwanza Ombati, who is being investigated over his involvement in the sale of the land in Muthaiga North, Nairobi, to Mr James Mwangi of Equity Bank, has lodged a petition at the court to block an investigation into his bank accounts. He obtained a temporary block order pending the hearing and determination of the petition.

“It is within my knowledge as the investigating officer that on July 17 we received a petition filed by the vice chancellor United States International University-Africa requesting the Inspector General of Police to conduct investigations concerning the grabbing of their institution’s land LR 12597/2,” Mr Emmanuel Kanyungu states in the affidavit served through the office of the DPP.

The police officer states that Mr Ombati was summoned in August for a statement and to shed light “whether indeed he had received instruction from the retired president in the transaction between the latter and Mr Mwangi’s Muthaiga Luxury Homes Ltd.”

Mr Kanyungu also states that in the course of investigations, it was established that the retired president had sold the same property to Maestro Connections Health Systems to the tune of Sh500 million.

The hearing was rescheduled to February 28 after the court was told Mr Ombati’s lawyer was unwell.

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