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PSC Inaugurates Selections Panel of the National Land Commission

The  Public Service Commission has sworn in five members of the selection panel for the appointment of a Chairperson  and members of the second National Land Commission (NLC).

The Panel will in the next 7 days convene and invite applications from qualified persons for nomination and appointment for the position of the members of NLC.

The advertisement which will be in at least two daily newspapers will close within 21 days in order for the panel to

shortlist, interview and later submit the names of the qualified persons to the president for assent.

Speaking on Tuesday during the inauguration of the panel, the Chairman Public Service Commission, Stephen Kirogo said land issues are very emotive and thus the panel should be diligent in the selection of the team.

“Constitutional  offices  also carry immense power, and hence holders of such offices need to be selected very meticulously,”  he said.

Kirogo  further said Kenyans have already experienced the first six years of the first commission that ended in February  2019 and awaiting the next commission which will also serve for a single term of six years.

He   confirmed that the commission was ready to support the members of the selection panel, saying they will be free to  determine its own procedure, ensure that not more than two-third of the members of the nominees are of the same gender.

Upon  appointment of the Chairperson and members of the NLC, Kirogo  said the panel will stand to be dissolved.

The  five panelists are Kennedy Kihara, Nominee from office of the President, Esther Omulele, from  the Ministry of Lands , Mairura  Omwenga  from Kenya Private Sector alliance (KEPSA), Stephen Oundo from Association of Professional Societies of  East  Africa (APSEA) and Priscilla Nyokabi from National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC) Nominee.

Representing the selection panel, Kennedy Kihara thanked the PSC and the president for the confidence, saying they  will ensure they exercise due diligence during their selection.

“We will pick the best among those that will show interest and ensure we follow the constitution and are elaborate,’’ he  said.

Kihara  called  upon Kenyans who are honest and able to work to come forward and apply for the jobs.

The  Land  Principal Secretary, Dr. Nicholas Muraguri  said  there have been lessons learnt in the first commission and hoped that the new team will facilitate National and County governments under the big four agenda promise to secure land rights  for all.

The  President  on April 26  through a gazette notice No. 3758 identified the five representatives to be members of the  selection panel to embark on the selection of the second land commission that will after considering applications, shortlisting qualified applicants and conducting interviews publish names of the selected and forward the names of  qualified persons of two chairpersons and 16 members to the President .

The  National Land Commission of Kenya is an independent government commission whose establishment was provided for by the  Constitution of Kenya to manage public land on behalf of the national and county governments, initiate investigations into present or historical land injustices and recommend appropriate redress

The Commission further monitors and has oversight responsibilities over land use planning throughout the country.

The  current acting CEO of the commission is Director Human Resource, Kabale Tache Arero.

By  Wangari  Ndirangu

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