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EACC Detectives arrest land officer

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) detectives have arrested one officer and a security guard at the Homa-Bay land registry offices for allegedly taking bribes from clients.

The officer who serves as a clerk in charge of issuance of title deeds, whose name is still withheld by the anti-graft commission, is accused of colluding with the security guard to take bribes of Sh1, 000 from land owners in order to issue them with title deeds.

The duo were arrested in the office Wednesday evening when the detectives stormed the land registry’s offices in Homa-Bay town following a tip-off from a member of public that they were demanding for the money from a client to release the title deed.

Confirming the incident to KNA,EACC regional manager in charge of Southern Nyanza Arthur Opili said the two officers had been arrested for allegedly demanding bribes from the public before even rendering any service to them.

Opili said the clerk had been directing clients to pay Sh1, 000 to the security guard at the office entrance for every title deed issued.

He stated that the suspects had been taken to Homa-bay police station to record statements on the allegations.

Opili said once the EACC officials will be through with the investigations, the report will be forwarded to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) for further action.

By Dan Oduor Oriro

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