Ngilu negotiates end to land registry woe
12 May 2014, 14:07
Nairobi - The
National Land Commission, Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu and the Attorney
General are in talks on the dispute over closure of registries, a court has heard.
Commission lawyer Waweru Gatonye told High Court Judge David Majanja that there
are ongoing discussions that aim at reaching to consent over the dispute on the
closure of registries and requested the case be heard later in the afternoon.
parties at this moment are in discussions with a view to agree to consent, we
request to be heard at 2.30pm,” said Mr Gatonye.
Ms Ngilu who was represented by state lawyer Stella Munyi said nothing would
have happened then but instead the hearing should be pushed to Monday.
Justice Majanja agreed with Ms Munyi to give both parties ample time to hold
discussions and agree on a way forward.
Majanja said that NLC and the lands ministry are both state corporations which
should work hand in hand.
are two state corporations, never in the interest of this country should we
have such, I’d rather you find the best way possible to solve this, let’s hear
this on Monday when we all have time,” the judge said.
judge said that although NLC is an independent commission it is necessary that
it should work in tandem with the ministry.
Swazuri’s NLC had on Thursday moved to court following Ms Ngilu’s decision to
close registries and suspend services.
lands commission claimed that Ms Ngilu’s move had paralyzed transactions of
services and was demanding for a declaration that the Cabinet Secretary’s
actions were illegal.
Swazuri team insisted that the decision to have a public notice published in
newspapers announcing the closure of the premises was unjustified as it has
denied them access to their place of work and the general public from being
therefore demanded Court to issue orders for stopping the suspension of
operations as well as an uncontrolled access to the central registry, Nairobi
registry and the banking Hall to the Commission’s staff offices and the public
at large at Ardhi House whilst Ms Ngilu defended her actions saying they were
meant to facilitate reforms at the registries.
claimed that since Monday, the lands ministry had deployed heavy armed officers
to man the main gate entry to every floor and all corridors of Ardhi House
including the Central registry, the Records registry, the Nairobi registry and
the banking hall.
Commission further claimed that the lands ministry has deployed strangers who
are neither employees of the commission nor the ministry but they suspect are
university students to handle documents at the records registry which is the
Swazuri team’s role.
were afraid that the said strangers might tamper with the records or registers
by plucking them out which would land the commission into trouble in their way
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