Lands Cabinet Secretary Alice Wahome on Friday, February 9 fired two Nairobi County officials and reclaimed part of Thika Cemetery land.
The move came after it was discovered that private investors had encroached upon state-owned land.
“Land grabbing must come to an end! We have to stop this menace! Call out any known fraudsters. I’ll deal with the rest,” declared the land CS.
In a statement, CS Wahome emphasized on her commitment to upholding the law and protecting public resources on February 9, 2024.
“It has come to my attention that a section of land, on which private investors had begun making investments, is owned by the state,” stated CS Wahome.
Following investigations, it was determined that one of the dismissed officers had facilitated a private investor’s acquisition of the parcel.
Additionally, the other had provided misleading information to secure ownership of another cemetery land.
Wahome Halts Development
“We have an officer in the Nairobi land office who I have fired for aiding in the grabbing of land,” declared the land CS underlining her zero-tolerance policy for such misconduct.
“Another one gave false information to aid in the grabbing of land. This will not be tolerated under my watch,” Alice affirmed, signaling her unwavering stance against corruption.
Accompanied by Land Principal Secretary Nixon Korir, the land CS immediately halted all ongoing development activities at the cemetery.
She also warned that errant officers caught embezzling state resources would not only face termination but also prosecution.
Cartels Using Fake Title Deeds
On January 19, 2024, she warned officials against forging title deeds to illegally acquire public land.
Furthermore, her intervention had previously saved over 3000 residents in Gikumari from eviction by a private investor.
Highlighting the audacity of land grabbers, CS Wahome revealed a recent case where an individual had forged a title deed invoking the names of high-ranking government officials.
Further, Wahome warned police officers who were said to be protecting land grabbers.