Ngilu blames cartels for derailing land reforms

By Samson Kitavi 

Ngilu said her ministry will soon begin issuing digital title deeds to land owners

Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu now claims that some powerful land cartels are fighting her efforts to reform the lands sector.

Ngilu told journalists in Nairobi Thursday that cartels are using a section of lobby groups to undermine her efforts to end corruption in the Lands ministry.

The lands Minister spoke even as a group calling itself Human Rights crusaders camped outside Ardhi house calling for her resignation over graft allegations.

But Ngilu argues that the group which has been camping outside her office for a week now is part of a well calculated move by some powerful individuals opposing her radical surgery in the lands registry.

She has vowed not relent in her efforts to streamline the lands ministry. The Lands Ministry closed its registry for two weeks in May for audit.

The Lands CS is warning those out to scuttle her efforts to streamline the lands ministry that they will not succeed.

She said the ministry has turned around revenue collection by over 13 per cent since she joined the ministry adding that her ministry will soon begin issuing digital title deeds to land owners.

The lands ministry closed its registry for two weeks mid-May for audit and hundreds of files that had been hidden were recovered.

While stakeholders in the lands sector termed the move a drop in the ocean, they concurred it was a step in the right direction.