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LDGI faults CORD's accusations to President for issuing Titles Deeds

17 September 2013, 22:01 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Land Development and Governance Institute(LDGI) has faulted CORD principal's accusation on the President's recent issuance of Title Deeds to Coastanarians they held that he was contrary carrying out the role meant for the Land Commission.

Addressing the press on clarifying role mandated to the Ministry of Lands and the Land Commission, Mwenda Makathimo, the LDGI Executive Director said that the issuance of Titles is a ceremonial role agreed upon by the two organs.

"Once title deeds to any Settlement Schemes or Programmes get ready, the onus is on the Ministry of Lands and Lands Commission to agree on who would be best suited, at respective moments, to do the physical issuance to beneficiaries which is purely ceremonial," said Makathimo.

"It could be the land registrars at the county level, the director of land adjudication, the chair of the land Commission, the Principal or Cabinet Secretary. Where a programme is fairly high level, with major national or public implications, the Deputy President or the President himself could be called in to issue such titles," he added.

Makathimo cautioned that provided the pertinent technical processes have been done to the satisfaction of both the Ministry and the Commission, this should not be a matter for public contention since the two organs have to work jointly for proper service delivery and to avoid any arising crises on their respective obligations.

He further said that the apparent misunderstanding and misinterpretation of respective roles of the Cabinet Secretary in charge of Land and the National Land Commission witnessed following issuance of titles at the Coast should spur the two organs to rise up and work together in delivering services to Kenyans.

Makathimo stated that according to the National Land Commission Act 2012, Article 67 of the Constitution guarantees the Commission both advisory and supervisory roles to the national government with respect to land registration.

He added that the Lands Ministry retains critical roles of political leadership, overall policy direction (including sectoral legislation), resource mobilization and the management of land registries and processing of titles for all categories of land.

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