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NAIROBI MAYOR GEOFREY MAJIWA ARRESTED BY KACC OFFICERS.

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The Mayor's Parlour was Monday night without its rightful occupant, after anti-graft officers came calling. Nairobi Mayor Geoffrey Majiwa spent the night at Kilimani Police Station, and is expected in court today to face corruption charges over the Sh283 million cemetery land saga. His Worship was arrested from his Nairobi’s South C home and driven to the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) headquarters for questioning. KACC officials said Majiwa faces two charges this morning, as investigation into the scandal continues. Commission Spokesman Nicholas Simani said a charge sheet had been drawn and the mayor faces charges of conspiracy to defraud the public and willful neglect to perform official duty as stipulated in the Penal Code. "There was no commotion during his arrest. He was picked up from his house and preparations to charge him are underway," Mr Simani told journalists. Former Nairobi deputy Town Clerk Geoffrey Katsolleh will be charged jointly with Majiwa for conspiracy to defraud the public. Sandwiched between anti-graft detectives, who drove him to Integrity Centre at around 8am, Majiwa looked shaken. When asked by journalists what the problem was, Majiwa said he would be okay soon. "I will be okay. Don’t worry about this," he said. Officials said he was to have his fingerprints taken and released on bond before appearing in court this morning. The mayor had sued KACC after an interim report linking him to the cemetery land scandal was leaked to the public. The saga broke out last year after it emerged the council had paid out Sh283 million for a land worth Sh30 million. KACC investigation established a well-orchestrated fraud, in which senior officers misled Nairobi City Council in collusion with others, into buying the parcel of land unsuitable for a cemetery. The price of the 120-acre land in Mavoko Township was far above the market value.

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