The government through Lands Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi has moved to reassure Kenyans that grants, leases and certificates of title issued by the Jubilee Administration after 2013 are legal.
Kaimenyi says media reports on the issue are erroneous since the High Court order gave the government 12 months to validate the certificates with advice of the National Land Commission, public participation, and parliamentary approval, to make them compliant with provisions of the law.
“I wish to re-assure the public that contrary to what is reported, grants, leases and certificates of titles issue by my ministry are legal, valid and legitimate,” he said.
“The public and institutions dealing with these documents of land ownership are hereby assured of their validity.”
According to Kaimenyi a task force has been formed to look at relevant regulations within two months, after which the lands law amendments of 2016 will be implemented, as directed by the court.
Speaking at a press briefing on Wednesday, the CS assured the public that the ministry will ensure that the draft regulations are completed and submitted to Parliament for approval within the period granted by court to avoid the certificates from being nullified.
“In the fullness of time, the members of the public and all stakeholders will be invited to make their contribution towards the process being carried out by the Task Force,” he said.
The ministry’s focus is to ensure that the draft regulations are completed and submitted to Parliament for approval within the period granted by court. The ministry wishes to assure the public that the High Court order shall be complied with before the expiry of the 12 months timeline.”