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Sonko tells court he made Sh870,000 from illegal land deal

Nairobi senator Mike Sonko yesterday confirmed before Mombasa Law Courts that he acted as an agent in an illegal sale of a plot in Mombasa that went for Sh29 million.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comThursday, 09 Jun 2016 09:55 EAT

Sonko (Photo by Allan Muturi/Kenya Free Press)

Nairobi senator Mike Sonko yesterday confirmed before Mombasa Law Courts that he acted as an agent in an illegal sale of a plot in Mombasa that went for Sh29 million.

The senator told Chief Magistrate Julius Nang’ea that he had acted as a real estate agent for Afzal Ahmedali Shah, who sold the land alleging it to be his own. For his services, Sonko earned Sh870, 000 as commission fees.

The seller faces three counts of fraud, including making a fake title deed and presenting forged documents in relation to the sale.

“I was only providing agency services and after the transaction, Afzal Shah paid me sh.870, 000 as my commission,” said Sonko.

The senator told the court that he met buyers, Hitteshi Pravin Dave and Rajesh Pravin Dave, brothers, who are flower farmers based in Kajiado, who were scouting for land at Nyali, and he introduced Shah to them as the owner of the land whose documents Shah is accused of forging.

Sonko also told the court that, before he joined politics, he had been dealing in real estate business from 1996 until 2009 through his firm, P and P Group of Companies.

“I would deal with several lawyers in the transaction and one of the lawyers was Pandya Tahati Advocates who requested me to help their clients secure a piece of land in Nyali.

Pandya Tahati Advocates is the one that linked Sonko to the Dave brothers.

Sonko said that after  introductions, Shah gave him copies of the certificate of title of the land in question, which he passed over to Pandya Tahati Advocates.

“I physically saw the land on sale but cannot recall the date on which the agreement was signed because I never witnessed it,” said Sonko.

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