Ex-Laikipia MP charged with British settler’s title deed theft


Former Laikipia MP, Anthony Mutahi Kimaru. NMG PHOTO

Former Laikipia MP, Anthony Mutahi Kimaru has been charged with stealing the title deed of a multimillion-shilling property from the executors of the estate of a British settler within Nanyuki township.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Noordin Haji preferred five counts of land fraud against Mr Kimaru who appeared before the Milimani Law courts chief magistrate Martha Mutuku.

Through state prosecutor Anderson Gikunda, the DPP told Ms Mutuku that the former MP stole the title deed for piece of land valued Sh18.5million, being the property of George Odinga Oraro & David Morton Silverstein, the executors of the will for the estate of the late Livia Lepoer Trench.

Mr Gikunda said the alleged offence was committed on August 5, 2016 at the Ministry of Lands, Ardhi House in Nairobi.

On August 3, 2009, Mr Kimaru denied he knowingly and fraudulently drew a sale agreement purporting that it had been prepared by Mwangi Kariuki Advocates,.

Ms Mutuku heard that Mr Kimaru presented the document of the property situate at the termini of the railway line from Nairobi to Mr Silas Kimeu, a deputy Registrar ELC High Court Nyeri Law Courts on February 5, 2020.

The one term MP was further accused of procuring registeration of the parcel of land alleging that it had been transferred to him by the executors of the estate.

Mr Kimaru denied all the charges of stealing of title deed, conspiracy to defraud, uttering a false document to a judicial officer and securing land registration fraudulently by false pretences and land fraud.

He applied to be released on a reasonable bail.

Ms Mutuku freed him on a cash bail of Sh300,000.

Mr Gikunda said he will furnish the accused with copies of witness statements and exhibits.

The case will be mentioned in a fortnight for compliance with court orders and pretrial directions.