A conflict is looming between National government land’s Ministry and Kajiado County government after the Cabinet Secretary trashed land transaction ban by the county government.
Last Friday when acting lands CS Fred Matiang’i visited Kajiado land registry said categorically that land transactions were as usual pointing out no one has power to freeze or ban land transactions neither in Kajiado county or country wide.
Mating’i trashed an idea that the County government had suspended land transactions.
Kajiado county banned land transactions about two years ago purporting massive corruption in land registry in Kajiado and Ngong towns.
Matiang’i was accompanied by his internal security counterpart Joseph Nkaissery, Kajiado senator Peter Mositet, women rep Mary Seneta and several MCAs
Now the County boss is breathing fire claiming Matiang’i is over stepping his boundaries on land matters contrary to constitution and spirit of devolution.
When addressing a public meeting at OlTinka, in KajiadoWest Sub County, Governor David Nkedianye said land matters are sensitive in the county characterized by hue and cry all over the county.
”Matiang’i should know his responsibilities that don’t include traversing the county issuing statements touching negatively the already aggrieved residents” said Nkedianye
Nkedianye say Matiang’i ought to tidy up Kajiado land registry currently embroiled by corruption and ensure locals they won’t lose their lands green cards to unscrupulous land officers .he challenged CS to ensure local’s lands are not being sold without their consent.
‘‘Let him clear the mess in land registry in Kajiado and Ngong. He should fire corrupt officers and ensure that residents won’t lose their lands green cards any more” retorted governor
Nkedianye says the Constitution says both levels of government shall consult but CS can’t dictate directives. The Governor further says the land transactions ban still stand until the registry is in order with updated maps,digitized registry free of corruption.
The same sentiments were echoed by Maasai elder Joseph Simel saying the CS doesn’t respect institutions as outlined by the constitution. Simel says the CS utterances could promote corruption in land registry contrary to county government move to clear the mess.
”Matiang’i is an enemy of the constitution and spirit of devolution. He should respect institution as his utterances may be misinterpreted as support corruption in the land registry” said Simel
Kajiado county assembly deputy speaker George Sunkuiya urged the National government to consult widely with county government to protect the locals gold mine that remain to be land currently under threat.
The two stands from the two different levels of government open dozens ripples of confusion to the locals.
Kajiado residents have been up in arms over dubious deals associated with land registry where both communal and private lands are alleged to be interfered with by unscrupulous officials.