Ex-minister Kirwa denies role in Kimunya land deal
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Former Agriculture Minister Kipruto Kirwa yesterday denied involvement in the transfer of land in Nyandarua to a private company.
He admitted, however, that he attended the launch of Midlandsâs Limited activities on April 30, 2004, because the firm had promised to help farmers add value to potatoes and produce seed potato.
Tstifying against Kipipiri MP Amos Kimunya and two others, Kirwa said the company was to promote potato farming.
There was an agreement that Midlands use Njabini Farmers Training Centre land, but it was never to transfer the land to its name, he said.
Kimunya, a director of land adjudication and settlement Lilian Njenga and a director of Midlands Ltd Junghae Wainaina, are on trial.
They are charged with abuse of office, failing to disclose a private interest and fraudulent disposal of public property.
Kimunya and his co-accus ed are accused of making the transfers in June 2005. Njenga allegedly used her offices to allocate Midlands 25 acres of public land valued at Sh60 million.
Kimunya is also accused of failing to disclose he was a Midlands director. Kirwa told senior principal magistrate Felix Kombo he presented farmers with certificates after they purchased shares.
The land, initially registered under the Settlement Fund Trustee, was transferred to Midlands Limited on February 6, 2006. He said ex-PS Romano Kiome protested the transfer. The hearing resumes on July 3.Video Vault Poll of the day Most Popular 1 Kalonzo, Wetangula and Mudavadi want to meet Uhuru for 'dialogue' 2 Retired President Moi is not dead, foreign affairs says 3 Rutoâs men worried by Railaâs pact with Uhuru 4 Corridors of power 5 Senators back Uhuru-Raila pact 6 How wrong patient got under the knife, KNH medics tell MPs 7 Kavuludi backs proposal to scrap traffic police department 8 Uhuru moves to shield Sicily Kariuki from impeachment 9 100 drivers arrested in Kitengela clampdown, Mungiki probe underway 10 Uhuru Appoints Five Nyachae Family Members, Sunkuli brothers to parastatal jobs Must read How wrong patient got under the knife, KNH medics tell MPs Rutoâs men worried by Railaâs pact with Uhuru Dons seek legislatorsâ help over CBA deadlock Petitioners to be paid Sh51m for detention Plastic bag makers, Mama Mboga and âharassedâ Kenyans rue ban Uhuru nominates Noordin Haji to succeed former DPP Tobiko Latest News Cops foil terrorists plot to bomb state buildings, arrest four suspects Sh80 billion projects to transform Nairobi Damaged part of Nairobi-Narok highway restored Six million women in Kenya suffer from fistula Pakistan national behind illegal rice smuggling, terror-related charges rearrested MPs to grill suspended KNH boss Lily Koross over surgery mix-up Popular in Latest news [VIDEO] Another medical mishap; Kitale woman risks arm amputation after backdoor surgery flops Â© 2018 The Star, Kenya. All Rights ReservedSource: Google News