Governmet is determined to address land injustices-CS Kaimenyi

Governmet is determined to address land injustices-CS Kaimenyi

Lands CS Jacob Kaimenyi-FILE

BY JOHN WERU,CORRESPONDENT,MOMBASA 30TH MAY 2017-The government is determined to deal with past and historical land injustices across the country ‘once and for all’.This is according to  Lands Cabinet Secretary (CS) Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi .

The Land CS says the government has the political goodwill and the necessary legislations  in addressing the sensitive land question by issuing title deeds to squatter communities.

 ‘In the past people have been pushed out of their ancestral land not only here at the coast but also in Meru County where I come from and indeed many other parts of the country’ he said.

He went on ‘we are committed to land reform and indeed in the recent past we committed Sh.1.2 billion to resolve the controversial 930-acres Waitiki farm in Mombasa’.

Speaking when he  made unplanned   visit to Mombasa land offices, Prof. Kaimenyi said the government is serious in addressing ‘serious historical land injustices’ facing the residents of the coast region.

He said over 5,000 title deeds were issued to squatters at the Waitiki farm in Likoni sub-county in 2016.

The CS warned politicians against exploiting the emotive historical land issues in the run-up to the August polls.

‘The electorate should be cautious of politicians keen on using land matters in seeking votes’ he said.

He went on ‘as a government we have put elaborate mechanism in place addressing land problems across the country and therefore there is no need to hoodwink Wananchi’.

During the surprise visit to Uhuru na Kazi buildings that houses the regional land offices, the minister was shocked to find only three staff have been reporting to work in the past week.

He gave 10 days for the absent officers to explain their situation before a disciplinary action is taken against them.

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