On Tuesdasy The EACC launched investigations regarding 27 firms that were allocated land belonging to the Kenya Railway Corporation (KRC).

Over 900 acres of KRC land located in Machakos county was leased out to several private firms.

Some of the firms allocated land include Autoport Freight Terminal Ltd, Grain Bulk Handlers and Buzeki Enterprises.

Image of a bulldozer demolition structures next to a railway line
Image of a bulldozer demolishing structures next to a railway line

Autoport, which was allocated 50 acres, is closely linked to Mombasa Governor, Hassan Joho. During his public spat with President Uhuru Kenyatta leading up to the 2017 polls, the logistics company was a major casualty, with the taxman suspending its operating licence.

Buzeki Enterprises, on the other hand, has Uasin Gishu politician and businessman Kiprop Bundotich listed as one of the directors, with Diana Jepchumba Bundotich allocated 2000 shares in the firm according to the Registrar of Companies.

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Grain Bulk Handlers Limited, linked to Mombasa tycoon, Mohammed Jaffer, was also allocated 50 acres of railways land, the Star reported.

Key players involved in the suspicious allocations including top KRC officials have been summoned by the EACC for interrogation at integrity centre.

Reports revealed concerns regarding the process allocation of the contentious land not being transparent.

According to an internal KRC document, the land was leased at a discounted market rate of Ksh20 million per acre and an annual rent of Ksh 1 million the Star reported.