, NAIROBI, Kenya Nov 25 – Five legislators from the Jubilee Coalition on Monday criticised opposition leader Raila Odinga on his claims that the title deeds issued to Coast residents by President Uhuru Kenyatta were illegal.
Leader of Majority Coalition in the National Assembly Aden Duale led Jubilee Coalition legislators Johnson Sakaja (Nominated), Rachael Shebesh (Nairobi County) and Kimani Ichung’wah (Kikuyu MP) in daring the former Premier to produce evidence that the titles were fake.
“We want the PM to present even one fake title deed of the 60,000 (that were issued),” Duale stated. “If you cannot confirm that then you are dishonest to the country.”
Odinga who was leading a CORD team in campaigns for the coalition’s candidate for the December 2 Lunga Lunga parliamentary by-election, Khatib Mwashetani, on Sunday described the issuing of the 60,000 title deeds as propaganda by the Jubilee government.
However, Sakaja who is The National Alliance chairman joined Shebesh and Ichung’wah in dismissing Odinga’s latest criticism of the government programmes as a bid to stay relevant after losing the March 4 poll to Uhuru Kenyatta.
The MPs said the titles had empowered residents through facilitating loans and construction of permanent homes.
“The utterances by the Prime Minister and his team are what we call sour grapes, which are symptomatic of a leadership that has lost focus, ideas and creativity,” said Sakaja.
Ichung’wah added; “It’s high time that Raila, Kalonzo (Musyoka) and leaders of his ilk who are of retirement age, know that they don’t have a monopoly of ideas.”
“It’s a really difficult task to remain relevant and when you are trying to remain relevant you can say anything,” said the Nairobi County Woman Representative.
Some Governors and other elected leaders from the Coast had initially opposed the issuance in August terming it political, until the President assured them the titles were the beginning of a journey by the national government to find a lasting solution to the land issue at the Coast.
“Over the years political leaders have been using the land issue to garner support from Coast residents. We are determined to end this,” the president said at the time.
Kenyatta said he was fulfilling pledges made during campaigns to tackle the squatter problem, adding that there was no need for the government to keep the titles in stores.
The government promised Coast leaders that they would be involved in the land processes for transparency and accountability.
The President explained the government will fast track the adjudication of land in the region and ensure more titles are issued to residents annually.
The National Land Commission had also clarified that the August exercise was part of a house cleaning mission by the Lands Department before it hands over its mandate.
Some of the documents have been lying at Ardhi House since Independence.