The Ex National Land Commission chairman Muhammad Swazuri, Deputy Director of Valuation and Taxation Joash Oindo, his wife Jane Wanjiku Gachigi and son Kevin, Director of Finance Francis Mugo, Director of Valuation and Taxation Dr Salome Munubi and her husband Sostenah Ogero Taracha, lawyer Catherine Wanjiru Chege and Emma Njogu were arrested over the illegal payments to private individuals and entities amounting to Sh109.76 million.
Swanzuir with his team were arrested over the illegal compensation for a piece of land in Mombasa meant to pave ways for construction of the Southern Bypass and the Kipevu Terminal link road in October 2013.
Other business men who were arrested are: Mary Wahu, Lorgis Logistics Ltd and Betha Wangithi, Nazi Matabkhan, John Mwangi, Philip Kileiya, Evahmary Wachera, Albert Lessonet, Martha Wairimu, Shakil Khan, Samuel Rugongo,Francis Kibaru, Godfrey Muritu and Michael Onyango Oloo and his wife Lilian Keverenge who is a secretary at the Commission.
In 2018 Swazuri, Kenya Railways Corporation Managing Director Atanas Maina among others were arrested over fraudulent compensations.
The Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji ordered their arrest and charges against them that includes; abuse of office according to Chapter six of the Kenyan constitutions, financial misconduct, conspiracy to commit and economic crime.
He said as the process of land acquisition began the National Land Commission identified Tornado Carriers parcel of land suitable for compulsory acquisition but the team returned a staggering Sh109.7 million for the same parcel of land in January 2017.
He said that a valuation was undertaken which revealed the value of the land in 2015 was Sh34.5 million and award was made to Tornado Carriers Limited for the money which they had rejected forcing the former NLC Chairman Mohammed Swanzuri and his team to take a fresh valuation.
Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA) had requested NLC to acquire land for the construction of Southern Bypass and Kipevu New Highway Container Terminal link road in October 2013.