Four lands officials and five suspected brokers were on Friday seized by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) at the Meru Lands Office for allegedly taking bribes before serving the public.
The undercover officers who conducted the swoop are said to have been in the county for two weeks monitoring the corrupt dealings before making the raid which took several hours.
The officers were responding to numerous complaints from members of the public over an alleged extortion ring that has been ongoing in the Meru Lands Office.
“This is a broker driven office. We had to arrest the brokers to cut off the chain of corruption that seems to have been on-going,” said an official.
The suspects among them the Lands Registrar were arrested and taken to the EACC Regional Offices in Isiolo for interrogation before being arraigned in court next week.
One of the female suspects found with the treated money hidden in her bra broke into tears.
She had requested to go and answer to a call of nature which never came forcing the police officers to frisk her only to find the hidden cash.
Officers became suspicious when the lady insisted she wanted to visit a pit latrine and not any other.
A section of residents who had visited the office praised the move complaining of dirty deals within the office.
“You cannot process your documents unless you go through certain individuals who are not employees of the Lands department,” said a customer.
He said there are more cartels dealing with some officials from the Meru Lands office.
The EACC officials also seized a notice pinned at the inquiries demanding that one pays Sh. 500,an amount which according to a circular dated last year, had been waived.
By Richard Muhambe