Karen land owners want suspect tried

Owners of the controversial Sh8 billion Karen land yesterday opposed a plea by one of the suspects to halt a criminal case against him.

Muchanga Investment asked the Environmental Court to dismiss the application by former National Social Security Fund managing trustee Josphat Konzolo.

Konzolo said there are two pending matters before the High Court relating to the disputed ownership of land, which will be determined on November 3.

Through his lawyer Stephen Gikera, he said there is also a pending petition by suspended Lands CS Charity Ngilu that has been referred to Chief Justice Willy Mutunga.

The CJ is required to appoint a bench to determine the legality of the EACC, which recommended prosecution of Ngilu and Konzolo.

Muchanga, through lawyers Cecil Miller and Peter Wena, said the Environment Court does not have jurisdiction to determine criminal proceedings against Konzolo.

The case will be heard on September 3.

Konzolo, Ngilu and senior officials from the Lands ministry have been charged with abuse of office with regard to the Karen land.

This article was published by THE STAR newspaper on August 13, 2015