One of the most powerful government officials in President Daniel arap Moi’s reign, is facing auction as two of his multi-billion properties in Karen face auction over accumulated debt.
Wilson Gachanja, an all-powerful lands commissioner had extensive powers on land matters under the old constitution and used his position to acquire wealth estimated to be in the billions of shillings.
Gachanja who has since retreated to a quiet life in Gatero, Laikipia West constituency, is set to lose two residential properties in high-end Karen Estate.
On Monday, March 15, Legacy Auctioneers firm published the two properties announcing the auctioning date as March 31, 2021, at 11:00 am.
The properties being targeted by auctioneers are approximately 2.68 acres and one acre where an acre is valued at Ksh350 million. The title deeds to the premises are on a leasehold interest for a period of 99 years effective from January 1, 1996.
“The property situated along Fair Acres road, approximately 500 meters off Lang’ata road in the Karen residential area of Nairobi 15 kilometers from the city center. The property measures approximately 1.08 hectares or approximately 2.73 acres. It is developed with a massive single part double storey residential house accommodating 4 Bedrooms with master and suit walk-in wardrobes which are incomplete with a garage for 3 No cars,” read the description of the properties.
The one-acre land has a semi-detached double storey house with four bedrooms, a master ensuite with a walk-in wardrobe, a guest room, staff quarters with six rooms, a carport that fits two cars, and an external kitchen.
Gachanja has a series of unresolved cases linked to unscrupulous land dealings He was fined Ksh1 million for facilitating the fraudulent transfer of a multi-million land owned by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) in Mtwapa 25 years ago.
The Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) lodged several cases against him for overseeing the grab of public land worth billions in various parts of the country.
In November and December 2020, he was found guilty of assisting KANU bigwigs to illegally acquire land in Nairobi, Kilifi, and Kitale counties. In 2008, Justice Bernard Eboso of the Land and Environment division in Nairobi found him guilty of taking part in the theft of Ksh700 million from the Kenya School of Law by private investors in 1997.
Ethics and Anti-Corruption Comission (EACC) Offices at Integrity centre Building in Nairobi. Monday, 18 November 2019.