Nakuru County Government is teaming up with the National Land Commission (NLC) and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to recover grabbed public land and assets valued at billions of shillings.
Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui said his administration was working with the National government and NLC to ensure all public utilities including schools get title deeds. The governor said land-grabbing had deprived residents of Nakuru of vital services like schools, playgrounds, stadiums and health centres among others.
In a span of two years only, the county recovered public assets worth Kshs. 266 million through an asset tracing programme thanks to their collaboration with EACC.
The recovered properties include 27 public officers’ residences at the Nakuru Municipality Block valued at a total of Kshs. 74.2 million as well as another parcel of land which had been reserved for a Survey Camp by the Department of Survey in Nakuru County valued at Kshs. 42 million. EACC also recovered another piece of property on Nakuru Municipality Block estimated at Kshs.150 million belonging to the Postal Corporation which had been allocated to a former member of parliament through an irregular process.
The move by anti-graft agencies to team up with devolved units to recover illegally acquired property through structured negotiation will facilitate economic growth and provision of essential services to citizens within the counties.
County governments should not allow developers to benefit at the expense of many unemployed youths. Instead, they should take decisive action to banish the bad culture of land-grabbing among Kenyans which is one of the most prevalent forms of corruption in the country.