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Saturday, 09 Jul 2016 23:52 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
The cabinet secretary for lands Jacob Kaimenyi last week announced the gazettement of County Land Boards for 10 counties as the freeze in land transactions continues to bite across the country. Residents of the 10 counties can now transact land matters after the government approved their Boards, which are mandated to manage land disputes.
Kaimenyi’s office unveiled the first gazetted land boards for Vihiga, Elgeyo Marakwet, Narok, West Pokot, Machakos, Murang’a, Kwale, Kilifi and Taita Taveta, which he said had complied with the minimum legal requirements as part of the government efforts to initiate land reforms in the country.
“We are committed as a ministry to minimize corruption in the sector,” the minister’s statement said.
The CS said that, in those areas, the land boards had positively complied with the constitution’s requirements for public participation; adherence to Chapter 6 of leadership and integrity; and the two-thirds gender rule which recognizes that women, youth, persons with disabilities and ethnic minorities as special groups deserve constitutional protection.
The gazettement of the 10 national land boards hopefully today, means that, surveyors, lawyers acting for land sellers and buyers can now resume the activities of land transactions in these counties.
The Institution of Surveyors of Kenya (ISK) over two weeks ago expressed concern over delayed reconstitution of land control boards, arguing that, it had stalled land transactions across Kenya.
“While we support the decision to reconstitute these boards and streamline their operations, the Cabinet secretary should have put in place mechanisms to avoid such a gap had he anticipated that the process would take long,” Chairman Stephen Ambani said.
Prof Kaimenyi dissolved the boards two months ago in a bid to rid the Land, Housing and Urban Development ministry of corruption networks.