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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,19TH FEB 2018-The outgoing lands cabinet secretary professor Jacob Kaimenyi has downplayed reports that his regime has not been able to deal with the problem of lands cartels at ardhi house.
Addressing the press at his office during the handover to the new CS Farida Karoney,Kaimenyi has said that a lot has been achieved during his tenure. Some of the achievements he says have been attained under his leadership include giving Kenyans title deeds with over 3milion documents having been given out to Kenyans who did not have it as par the year 2013.
The CS has however pointed out some of his recommendations going forward.Kaimenyi says the government must ensure that all squatters living in all the 47 counties are mapped and identified with the purpose of resettling them.”I know we have squatters all over the country and they must be resettled using a well calculated framework”.he said.
The Professor has also recommended that the ongoing reforms at the lands ministry must still be carried out to conclusion including the digitization of all lands records as well as ensuring that all land dealings are carried out in a transparent manner.
On her side the new lands CS Farida Karoney says she is equal to the task.In her speech Karoney has assured the staff at the lands ministry that their jobs are safe under her leadership adding that hers is administrative and stewardship and she will be guided by the constitution.”If we have issues of disagreements we should follow the law and navigate around it to find solutions”.she said.
She has also vowed to ensure that reforms that have already been started will be seeded up and ensure Kenyans get justice as far as lands issues are concerned.She has also promised to ensure that enough resources are availed at the ministry to enable its full potential .
Karoney has also vowed to crack on cartels.She has also said she will work with all players including the national lands commission to enable the reforms Agenda is realized at the ministry.