In Summary
  • In a letter to the National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, President has sought the approval of the House for Mr Otachi’s appointment as the second chairman of the NLC.

  • Mr Otachi emerged top from a list of 11 individuals who had shown interest to replace Prof Mahammad Swazuri whose reign was marred by endless accusations of corruption.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has picked lawyer Gerishom Otachi to lead the National Land Commission for the next six years.

Mr Otachi, who co-owns Ogetto Otachi and Co advocates with solicitor General Kennedy Ogetto, was part of former Police Commissioner Hussein Ali’s legal team during his trial at the International Criminal Court at The Hague over the 2007/08 post-election violence.

CORRUPTION

In a letter to the National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, President has sought the approval of the House for Mr Otachi’s appointment as the second chairman of the NLC.

The President also picked former Nyeri Town MP Esther Murugi, Prof James Tuitoek, Getrude Nduku Nguku, Reginald Okumu, former Labour Cabinet Secretary Samuel Kazungu Kambi, Ms Hubbie Hussein Al-Haji, Mr Alister Murimi Mutugi and former Isiolo Woman Rep Tiya Galgalo to serve as NLC commissioners.

Mr Otachi emerged top from a list of 11 individuals who had shown interest to replace Prof Mahammad  Swazuri whose reign was marred by endless accusations of corruption.

The six-year term of the previous commissioners expired on February 19, and should he be approved, Mr Otachi will have an enviable task of restoring the image of an agency whose reputation has been affected by claims of corruption.  

“Standing Order 45 requires that upon receipt of notification of nomination for appointments such nominations shall stand committed to the relevant departmental committee,” Mr Muturi says in his communication.

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