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Ndung’u: Government reluctant to implement report

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By | September 25th 2009

By Karanja Njoroge

The Government has no intention of implementing the entire Ndungu Report on irregular land allocations as recommended by the Commission, lawyer Paul Ndung’u has said.

Ndung’u, who chaired the commission, said his team discovered that there were more than 200,000 illegal or irregular title deeds created and registered between 1963 and 2002.

Saying the Commission did not come across all parcels, which were irregularly acquired, Ndung’u revealed that the more than 200, 000 deeds represents conservative estimates for the land ownership documents.

He challenged the public to pressurise the Government to repossess all illegally allocated public lands.

Speaking on Friday at a Nakuru hotel, Ndungu said revoking land title deeds using the existing laws would take long.

"It is only the High Court which has the powers to revoke a title deed and therefore if a deed were each to be dealt with by the High Court and assuming it would take two years it would probably take about 4,000 centuries for all the disputes to be solved," Ndung’u said.

He said to have the issues expedited, the Commission recommended that the Government Lands Act to be amended to provide for the establishment of a Land Titles Tribunal.

"It was intended to be an accessible and affordable forum operating on simple rules and complicated civil procedure that governs civil cases in the High Court," he told a forum organised by the Kenya Land Alliance in partnership with Africa Centre for Open Governance.

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