CORD MPs tell Executive to leave land matters to NLC
05 August 2014, 21:14
Nairobi – MPs from the Coalition of Reforms and Democracy (CORD) have asked President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto and Lands Cabinet Secretary, Charity Ngilu to keep off the Lamu issue saying the National Lands Commission (NLC) is the only constitutional body mandated with determining legally or illegally acquired land and revocation of title deeds.
The over than 10 MPs led by Lamu County MP, Shakila Abdallah said they are happy with the government’s move to resolve land problems in the country but should follow the constitutional approach and shun from politicizing the issue.
“We are saying that if the government is ready to solve the land issue, we are happy to cooperate with it and the process should be done holistically without bringing in politics,” said Shakila.
She said the revoked title deeds for 500 000 acres of land in Lamu by the government may contribute to conflicts since a half of it is community land.
“The government should come out clear where the revoked land will go because there is speculation that it will go to the national government yet no law provides that, and where will people living on community land go?” posed Abdallah.
The Lamu County MP accused the government for sidelining the area leaders in solving the land issues at the Coast and added that it is selectively targeting various individuals by failing to implement both the Ndung’u and TJRC reports on land.
Abdallah further said the government should have given victims of revoked land in Lamu time to defend themselves on how they acquired the land.
“Victims of the land revocation in Lamu should have been given 14 days to defend themselves as provided in the Constitution. The government should also explain how it acquired some big ranches in Lamu other than targeting a few companies only,” said Abdallah.
Suba MP, John Mbadi said Ngilu lacks moral ground to deal with land issues in the country because the ministries she served in were hampered with illegalities in procurements.
“The Lands Cabinet Secretary saying revoked land in Lamu was illegally acquired is someone when she was Water minister could not account for acquisition of water pipes in this country,” said Mbadi.
HomaBay Town MP, Peter Kaluma said Ruto lacks moral ground to address the land issues because he has involved himself in land grabbing.
"Ruto last year was in court for grabbing a peasant's land and has no moral ground to solve the land issues in this country in addition to President Kenyatta who owns huge land which it acquisition is still questionable," said Kaluma.
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