In Summary
  • If approved by Land committee, they serve for a fixed six-year term.

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s nominees to the National Land Commission (NLC), whose vetting by the National Assembly began Thursday, face the arduous task of cleaning up and streamlining the commissions if approved. The nine commissioners will serve for a non-renewable, six-year term.

The tenure of the pioneer commissioners under the new constitution ended in February, but it was dogged by infighting, inefficiency and corruption scandals, among others.

'RIGHT DECISIONS'

Thursday, Mr Gershom Otachi, nominated to replace the disgraced Muhamad Swazuri as chairman, told the MPs that he would ensure that key transactions such as compensation for land, property allotment, and lease renewals are conducted in the most transparent manner.

“We will work as efficiently as possible within the law and the Constitution to ensure that the right decisions are implemented with the right people and the right staff in the right places at the commission,” Mr Otachi, who said his net worth is Sh200 million, told the House Committee on Land.

Mr Otachi is the chairman of the Geothermal Development Company (GDC), a state corporation that was mired in corruption scandals before he joined it four years ago, and has since helped to transform the growth of its asset base to over Sh100 billion.

He also served as President Uhuru Kenyatta’s counsel at the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) and a long-serving Defence Counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).

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