Senators summon Magoha, NLC over titling of land belonging to public schools
Senators have summoned cabinet secretaries Faridah Karoney and George Magha to explain the status of titling of land belonging to public schools.
Gershom Otachi, chairman of the National Land Commission, has also been summoned to appear before the Senate Committee on Lands, Environment, and Natural Resources with the ministers.
Nyandarua Senator Mwangi Githiomi chairs the committee.
The move comes in the wake of outrage over school demolitions and the grabbing of their parcels by unscrupulous individuals claiming ownership.
Individuals are said to be taking advantage of the lack of school land title documents to demolish properties and seize parcels.
Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot raised the alarm last Thursday about the alarming cases of grabbing and evicting students from school grounds.
He requested that the Senate investigate the status of the titling program in order to save public educational institutions from faceless grabbers.
The inquiry’s scope will include Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) Centers, as well as public primary and secondary schools.
He wants Karoney, Magoha, and Otachi to list the number of public schools that have yet to be titled, as well as the reasons why they haven’t received the documents.
They will be required to provide timelines for the issuance of title deeds to all schools.
“They should explain whether the multiagency working group that was formed vide gazette Notice No. 12311 receives any funding from the government to fast-track titling of schools,” he said.
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They should also reveal the steps they are taking in collaboration with county governments to ensure that all government learning institutions have title deeds, certificates of the lease, grants, or letters of allotment.
To stop the grabbing, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed Ardhi House and the NLC to process and distribute title documents to all public schools in 2015.
The order was prompted by a wave of land grabbing and evictions from public institutions.