Most of the land parcels which President Uhuru revoked with accusing finger at former lands minister were approved after a request by Lamu County Council.
Shockingly, current Lamu West MP Julius Ndegwa, who has castigated Orengo, was among those who pushed for the titles to be given to prominent companies now being accused of land grabbing. Ndegwa was then a councillor in Lamu.
The companies were allocated the same lands by Lamu County Council and not the ministry of lands, or the minister James Orengo. As provided in law, the minister only approved the requests by the Lamu County Council.
“Total unhelpful propaganda on Uhuru’s land revocations will boomerang back on them. . .you can’t lie for so long,” said an aide to James Orengo.
In fact, according to former Lands PS Dorothy Angote, the Grand Coalition government revoked thousands of title deeds and had set up investigations into many other irregular allottees.
Angote insists Ngilu is ‘recycling’ the revocations being done now by the Jubilee to hoodwink the public that the jubilee alliance is doing something to correct land issues at the coast.
The blanket revocations is also raising concerns by local communities of Lamu who now claim the government wants to grab those same parcels of land.