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Lands Commission urged to pull out cases against Ministry

09 May 2014, 10:25

Nairobi - The Consumer Federation of Kenya (COFEK) has called on the Ministry of Lands and the National Land Commission to pull out the two cases from court and have the President arbitrate them.

The two cases, one at the High Court and the other at the Supreme Court have been termed as supremacy battles and COFEK said that President Uhuru Kenyatta had erred and been slow in solving the stalemate.
“That the President has been slow to firmly act by demanding mutual respect between the two entities under his executive arm of government is equally unfortunate,” stated COFEK.

In a statement, COFEK said the Constitution clearly stipulated functions of the NLC and which Parliament could not vary such as managing public land on behalf of national and county governments.

It adds that “parliament can indeed, provide legislation, add but not reduce powers of the NLC.”

On the other hand, “a CS is a member of the Cabinet established under Art. 152(d) and under 153(2) a CS is only accountable “individually and collectively” to the President for the exercise of their powers and performance of their functions.”

COFEK said NLC was an independent institution not answerable to the President but Parliament.

The NLC is opposed to the Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu’s decision to close down the lands registry for two weeks.

 - CAJ News

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