, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 6 – A section of Jubilee MPs have given the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) two weeks to reveal the real owners of the half a million acres of land grabbed in Lamu.
Led by National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale they said the government was committed to addressing the land issues which have been blamed for the 2007/08 post election violence which cost over 1,000 Kenyan lives and left thousands displaced.
They also scoffed at Siaya Senator James Orengo who has threatened to spill the beans on the scandal, saying they were way ahead of him.
“The most land grabbing and irregularities occurred under the Grand Coalition Government spearheaded by the then Minister for Lands James Orengo,” said Duale who added that between April 2011 and November 2012 over one million files could not be traced at the lands registry and it was during this period that the alleged allocation of land to the mysterious 22 companies was done.
“Let him not throw stones,” Duale quipped.
The land ownership debate has its roots way back in the pre-colonial period where the locals mostly those living in fertile areas were displaced in order to accommodate colonialists who took over huge pieces of land and when they left the expansive pieces of land were taken over by influential locals.
It is this defence that the Opposition CORD coalition is using to claim that the controversial land in the coastal region is owned by two families, with the locals acting as squatters, a stand Jubilee MPs strongly dispute.
“The TJRC (report) left the desk of Uhuru Kenyatta long time ago…t he report is before Parliament,” Duale said in defence of claims that the government didn’t want to implement reports by the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) and the Ndungu Land report because its leaders were involved.
On Monday, Ethics and anti Corruption Commission Chairman Mumo Matemu said the anti graft body had commenced investigations on the matter. He could however not be reached for comment on whether the commission would heed to the demands by the Members of Parliament.
The MPs pledged to support Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu in her quest to sanitise the docket.
And as the blame game continues, the CORD coalition has initiated its onslaught claiming that it has information on dubious acquisition of land by influential leaders including Deputy President William Ruto.