NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 4 – The Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) has called for removal of Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu and National Land Commission chairman Mohamed Swazuri from office over their continued wrangles.
CIC Chairman Charles Nyachae says both Ngilu and Swazuri have been spending a lot of energy on wrangles instead of focusing on resolving numerous land problems in the country.
Speaking in Mombasa on Wednesday, Nyachae said the supremacy battle between the two should come to an end, failure to which the National Assembly is required to assume its oversight role and push them to step aside.
“What we have been seeing and what we continue to see two years down the line… there seems to be more energy being spent in disagreement than serving the people of Kenya,” he lamented.
A report tabled by the National Land Commission before the Supreme Court on Tuesday detailed the frustration the commission has faced in the execution of its duties.
The report which Ngilu disowned in court explained how the commissioners and secretariat staff are restricted from conducting business at Ardhi House and denied access to land documents crucial to executing their functions.
Nyachae says Parliament should put the two to task over the continued wrangles saying they will derail land reforms in the country.
“We must reach a point in this country as we implement our Constitution where those of us given constitutional and statutory responsibilities are accountable to the people of Kenya for delivery of the mandate,” he stated.
The report speaks of “communication to officers stopping the forwarding of survey maps to NLC,” for instance and “difficulty experienced by NLC in accessing registries and records office.”
The report which was compiled by a joint ministry and NLC technical committee to smooth things out between the two institutions also speaks of numerous, “misunderstandings,” and “stalemates,” in the transfer of functions previously held by the Ministry but transferred to the commission with the promulgation of the Constitution in 2010.
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