Wednesday May 6, 2020 – President Uhuru has allegedly sent EACC to investigate how Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko acquired a multi-million property in Upper Hill.
Sonko has, however, linked his woes around the Sh 498.5 million Upper Hill property to his decision to terminate the deed of transfer of Nairobi County to Uhuru’s National Government.
The EACC is investigating the property deal between the Governor and the Kenya Railways pension scheme.
In a statement on Tuesday, Sonko said that he acquired all his properties through the required legal procedures and he termed the investigations as malicious.
He acknowledged being the legal purchaser of land LR. 209\6507 owned by the Kenya Railways Staff Retirement Benefits Scheme.
He explained that in May 22nd, 2017, he entered into an agreement to lease the property for use as office space.
The Governor further said that on April 30th, 2019, he paid a deposit of Sh44.6 million after he entered into an agreement with the scheme’s trustees to purchase two portions of the land.
However, the Governor said the purchase only happened after three tendering processes that happened between 2017 and 2019.
Sonko mentioned that while he was a tenant, in December 2017 and December 2018 under tender No. KRSBRS/013/PLM.2017 and tender No.KRSRBS/08/PLM.2018, the Pension Trustees advertised for an open tender to purchase parcels of the property, but the bids were non-responsive.
Under Tender No. KRSRBS/02/PLM.2019, the Trustees placed another open tender which Sonko bid successfully in February 2019.
It was after this bidding process that Sonko claimed he bought the two parcels of land which he paid from his lawyer’s account and his account at Diamond Trust Bank.
According to documents available, the Upper Hill property deal was signed between Corporate and Trust Pension Services Ltd directors James Olubayi and Anthony Kilavi, and a firm known as Primix Enterprises Ltd.
Sonko’s wife, Primose Mwelu, is one of the directors of Primix Enterprises Ltd.
She signed the sale agreement alongside her co-director, Mwajuma Hamisi.
In addition, Sonko said that he had nothing to hide and will avail any document required by the anti-graft commission upon request.
The Kenyan DAILY POST