NAIROBI, Kenya, May 20 – National Land Commission (NLC) Chairman Muhammad Swazuri on Tuesday said they were engaged in talks with Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu on modalities of working together without acrimony.
Swazuri made the revelation just a day after Ngilu called for an end to the power struggle between the Ministry of Lands and the Commission in the interest of public service.
“We had a two hour meeting with her and her team yesterday and we’ll be meeting next tomorrow morning at 9am,” Swazuri told Capital FM News.
He said they will however push forward in their bid to obtain an interpretation on the separation of powers between the Lands Ministry and the Commission, from the Supreme Court.
“The talks don’t affect that because you see the Supreme Court will be just be giving an opinion; an official opinion that you’re supposed to do this and you’re supposed to do that. But this meeting of ours is just to chart out how we can work together,” he said.
Parties in the case are expected to appear before a two-judge bench on Thursday.
“We’ll appear before the judges to deal with the substantive question of joinder of the other parties but I’ll tell you this, the issues are firm and we’re looking forward to arguing this matter,” Tom Ojienda who is the Commission’s legal representative told Capital FM News.
On Monday Ngilu called for a truce with the Commission as she re-opened the Ministry’s Ardhi House office following a 10-day audit the Commission complained of not being party to.
“Mwende out there, Kalekye out there, you know, Wafula, Nafula doesn’t care who the Cabinet Secretary is or National Land Commission is. What they care for really is service. So let’s now apply ourselves to serving people,” she said.
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Ngilu’s reconciliatory sentiments were shared by NLC commissioner Samuel Tororei who sought to play down the hostilities between the Commission and the Lands Ministry.
“When you’re married one of the rules is never stop talking to each other if you want your marriage to survive,” he said on Tuesday, “because we’re in a confined space it’s only natural that we act like bottles in a basket. We’ll bump into each other but we won’t break each other.”