Parliament to solve stalemate at Ardhi House
07 May 2014, 13:28
Nairobi - The Parliamentary Committee on Lands, Water and Natural resources will summon the Lands Minister and members of the National Land Commission to determine why the two are unable or unwilling to work together.
A Member of the committee who is also the Kieni MP, James Mathenge (Kanini Kega) has said the two bodies will be summoned where among other issues, the law governing land issues will be examined to determine whether it is the source of the conflict.
Speaking at a Nyeri hotel Wednesday, Mathenge said the power struggle between Lands Minister Charity Ngilu and the Commission is affecting the country’s economy given that land is an important economic resource.
“We cannot have a situation where we have quarrels everyday to an extent that public confidence in title deeds might be grinded down,” said Mathenge.
The MP further raised concerns over the standoff between governors and members of county assemblies.
Recently, MCAs in various counties have issued impeachment threats to their governors and county executives.
Mathenge said the law had left the governors vulnerable to blackmail by the MCAs and noted that the impeachment provision for governors is trivial compared to that of the president and the recalling an MP.
He stated that Parliament needs to amend the laws to protect Governors from extortion and MCAs’ threats.
“We cannot have governors being held to ransom by MCAs whose only interest is to make useless foreign trips,” said the MP.
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