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Uhuru forces Ngilu, Swazuri into peace deal

10 November 2014, 18:57 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto have witnessed the signing of an agreement that will ensure the Ministry of Lands and the National Land Commission work harmoniously in serving Kenyans.

The agreement was signed by Lands, Housing and Urban Development Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu and National Land Commission Chairman Mohammed Swazuri at State House, Nairobi on Monday.

President Kenyatta said he was happy that the signing of the agreement would resolve an issue that was of great concern to Kenyans.

Noting that land forms the basis of the country’s economy, the President regretted that the uncertainty resulting from the internal differences between the National Land Commission and the Ministry of Lands had caused a lot of concern amongst Kenyans.

“And this concern has in one way or another impeded our ability to move ahead in terms of our own economic development – both in growth and the entire agenda that we have for this country,” President Kenyatta said.

“So, I strongly believe that this agreement will put this matter behind us. We are now in a position where we have a Commission as envisioned by the Constitution and a Ministry working in harmony in recognition that all of us at the end of the day are servants of the people.”

The President expressed hope that Kenyans will now have confidence in the title deeds that they have so that they can go about doing their land transactions without fear.

“With this agreement that we have now, we bring clarity and assurance to the people of Kenya on land matters,” the President said, adding that he will monitor the implementation of the agreement closely.

He reminded all civil servants that Kenyans do not want to see differences, but primarily desire services.

“All they require from us is to work in partnership and deliver the services,” President Kenyatta said.

During the occasion, President Kenyatta received the Lamu land report from the National Land Commission Chairman.

Deputy President Ruto welcomed the signing of the agreement, saying the difference between the Ministry of Lands and the National Lands Commission were drawing the country backward as they impeded land registration, subdivision and transfers.

“We are pleased to let the country know that there is now an agreement between the Ministry of Lands and the National Land Commission on how these matters will be handled and that going forward the altercation will be a thing of the past,” the Deputy President said.

Swazuri assured Kenyans that his commission will cooperate with the Ministry of Lands and there will be no more acrimony between them.

Lands Cabinet Secretary Ngilu said with the agreement, the goal of issuing three million title deeds to Kenyans will now be a reality.

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