Government keen to address historical land injustices

The Lands Cabinet Secretary (CS), Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi says the government is determined to deal with historical land injustices across the country ‘once and for all’.

Speaking on Tuesday when he paid an impromptu visit to Mombasa land offices, Prof. Kaimenyi reiterated that the government was serious in addressing ‘historical land injustices’ facing Coast region residents.

The CS says the government has the political goodwill and the necessary legislation 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.

We are committed to land reforms and indeed in the recent past we have committed Sh.1.2 billion to resolve the controversial 930-acres Waitiki farm in Mombasa, he added.

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 adding that as a government, elaborate mechanisms had been put in place to address land problems across the country.

During the surprise visit to Uhuru na Kazi Buildings housing the regional land offices, the CS was shocked to find only three staff had been reporting to work in the past week.

The Mombasa office has an establishment of 19 staff but surprisingly, only three have been reporting to work consistently in the past week. This is a serious matter that will impact on service delivery, he said.

He gave the absentee officers 10 days to explain themselves failure to which they would face disciplinary action.

Source: Kenya News Agency