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Newly Appointed Lands CS, Farida takes over from Prof. Kaimenyi 

The newly appointed Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Lands and Physical Planning, Farida Karoney has assured members of staff in the Ministry of an enabling environment for them to serve Kenyans better through effective and efficient service delivery.

Ms  Karoney who thanked the Head of State President Uhuru Kenyatta for giving her the opportunity to serve Kenyans, expressed confidence that she will deliver, noting that she has qualified and competent staff who are committed to work.

“I assure all staff members that in me they have a team, a colleague and a worker. As a facilitator, I will provide a conducive environment that will allow staff to serve people of Kenya with diligence,” she added.

The  CS  was  speaking on Monday during the handing over taking over ceremony at the Lands Ministry Headquarters where she was received by the outgoing CS, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi  who has been appointed as Kenya’s Representative to the Permanent Mission to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Present at the event were the newly appointed Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS), Gideon Mung’aro, Lands Principal Secretary (PS), Dr. Nicholas Muraguri and National Lands Commission (NLC), Chairman, Prof. Mohammed Swazuri.

Ms Karoney said the role of her Ministry and that of the National Lands Commission are complimentary and are committed to work as a team and not as offices that are in competition.

“Our primary responsibility is to the Kenyan people and we will strive to serve them well,” she added.

The CS at the same time, noted that she will use the available networks to have the needed capacity and resources to give Kenyans their right to own their land.

“I am coming to support what has been done. The agenda of the government on land issues is very clear and we will follow the legal process as provided for by the constitution,” she stated.

Ms Karoney said land is an emotive issue, and her Ministry will use the available resources to help Kenyans understand what is required of them, saying that the government’s aim is to give Kenyans security of tenure to use land for production and creation of wealth.

In his remarks, Prof. Kaimenyi said thanked the President for the opportunities he had been given to serve in the Ministries of Education and Lands which he said has enabled him to reform the sectors and come up with policies that would transform the country and make Kenyans happy.

He said the Lands Ministry is in the process of mapping up parcels of land where squatters are residing and urged the new CS to continue with the process.

“It is necessary for the country to have a robust and vibrant physical planning to enable the county governments have proper planning of structures,” he added.

Prof. Swazuri said the commission will continue to work closely with the Ministry in a bid to address the challenges facing the lands sector.

In his address Mung’aro said they were looking forward to work with all members of staff to achieve the Jubilee agenda and ensure that the President Uhuru’s ‘Big four’ agenda that include manufacturing, affordable housing, food security and affordable health care which involve the land sector are achieved.

By  Bernadette  Khaduli

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