, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 18 – The deadline for the Ministry of Lands to regularise over 3 million title deeds issued by the Jubilee Government since 2013 lapses Monday, failure to which they will be rendered illegal.
This is after the High Court last year ruled that all title deeds issued without involvement of the National Land Commission (NLC) and enactment of requisite regulations by Parliament were irregularly processed and therefore illegal.
Justice Joseph Onguto however suspended the adverse order to give the government a year to fix the legal shortcomings.
As the deadline expires Monday, the government is yet to effect the legal requirements.
Last week, Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi stated that the Ministry of Lands had filed an application in court seeking an extension of the deadline by six months saying should the titles be cancelled, it would have adverse effects on the real estate, financial sectors and the economy in general.
Kaimenyi indicated that the ministry together with the National Lands Commission had played its part in gazetting the regulations and stated that it was now up to Parliament to do its part.
The CS urged Kenyans not to be worried and expressed confidence that the extension to complete its work will be granted.
It was in light of the far-reaching consequences that the order revoking the crucial land ownership documents would have, both politically and economically, that the judge suspended the directive on invalidity by 365 days to give the ministry time to regularise the papers.
The judge ruled that should it not fail to comply with the order within 12 months, all regulations and forms promulgated shall stand null and void for all intents and purposes on the 366th day.
Parliament is also yet to discuss the regulations which have not been tabled in the House despite having been forwarded last month.
In June, when President Uhuru Kenyatta issued 7,137 title deeds to Tharaka Nithi residents, the government reported more than 3 million titles had been given by the Jubilee regime in the last four years nationwide.