NLC commissioners last hope for saving country from plunder
SEE ALSO :New push to slash number of MPs to 147Meanwhile, we recently said good bye and good riddance to commissioners of the National Land Commission (NLC) whose term of office has reached a disgraceful end. Like their partners in crime at IEBC we managed to discover some of their criminal behaviour only because they fought over the loot, tenders and compensation that came their way. It is now hoped that if DPP Haji is preoccupied with the dozens of other cases on his desk that civil society organisations will speedily take private prosecution cases against those who most failed the public in protection of public land and money. Failure to address the looting of public land for half a century has established a pattern whereby politicians and their cronies after taking possession of every green patch in the republic then raided the parastatals, Eurobonds and now mega contracts with any foreign company whatever colour they or their money may be. Yet, fifteen years ago Paul Ndungu and his team investigated the theft of public land and presented Kenyans with a way for redress that successive regimes have conveniently ignored. The Ndungu Commission of Inquiry into illegally and irregularly acquired public land revealed that there were 200,000 illegal titles amounting to 4 million acres in the hands of thieves. We just didn’t get a report but several weighty annexes listing lands illegally acquired and naming the culprits who stole everything from government houses to prison farms and then used fake titles as collateral to acquire further loans to expand their enterprises. One of the mandates the team of Mohamed Swazuri failed – probably deliberately – to complete was an audit of all public land. Most of the work had been done by the Ndungu Commission but NLC found more productive activities in the opportunities presented to them in compensating beneficiaries and friends over the mega projects that Jubilee established. The amount of public land repossessed and the number of titles revoked then were a mere handful. Yet, the Ndungu report like the TJRC report remains untouched because the mega land thieves still run the country. Soon Kenyans will be offered the opportunity to apply to succeed the Swazuri team. There are a handful of brave, competent, battle hardened individuals who must throw their hat into the ring and put the future of this country before professional ambition or personal security. [email protected] @GabrielDolan1
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