This is what Cord is saying about Uhuru and title deeds:
The new obsession of the Jubilee government with title deeds at the Coast region raises many questions as to the true objectives of the coalition.
Firstly, the truth is that the process of solving the squatter problem at the Coast is not a jubilee initiative. These are processes that started as far back as 2002 under the NARC government. All that the Jubilee government has done is to move title deeds from the strong room and distributed it to the beneficiaries.
It is not honest to pirate on the efforts and initiatives of previous governments to bolster one’s political capital. Let Jubilee initiate and implement its own programs on land reform and only then will they be entitled to claim credit.
Secondly, this process is clearly an effort to hoodwink Kenyans into believing that land reform has started without the government having to deal with the real issues.
At the centre of land reform in Kenya is the addressing of historical injustices as contemplated by the Constitution. How the Kenyattas came to own up to one quarter of Kenya’s land. We know the willing buyer, but who were the willing sellers?
The Jubilee government wants to pull the wool over the eyes of Kenyans so that they forget the real objectives of land reform.
When the President says that land titles should be investigated, this investigation cannot be for the crimes of a few years back and must extend to the days after independence where the root of these land crimes lie.
And the Constitution is clear that this investigation is to be conducted by the National Lands Commission. By taking over the process, the president and his deputy want to determine what gets investigated and what does not. That leaves the Kenyatta family’s land intact. Remember Ruto was recently forced to hand back land he had stolen from an internally displaced Kenyans. Remember the same Ruto was in court over land belonging to the Kenya Pipeline. The two leaders want to hijack the process, keep the Land Commission away so that Kenyans cool down feeling reforms have began and so that the two shield what they own.
If the Jubilee government is being honest about land reform, let them uphold the Constitution of Kenya and leave the matter to the institutions and agencies created by the Constitution for this purpose. Otherwise, the Jubilee government will only be subverting the Constitution so as to protect the vested interests that will suffer from genuine land reform.
Lest we forget, at the height of presidential campaigns and the debates; there was always that loud chatter from the police, churches, certain segments of the media and the Jubilee candidates, including then candidate Uhuru Kenyatta that “land issues” ought to be addressed within the purview of the constitutionally mandated bodies and government organs, in this case, the National Land Commission. What changed? Did the laws change after the elections?
CORD is saying let an independent organisation carry out land reforms. That organisation is the National Land Commission.