Swazuri denies renewal of Kenyatta family lease on Taita Taveta land

The Kenyatta family lease on 30,000 hectares of land in Taita Taveta county has not been renewed, National Land Commission chairman Muhammad Swazuri has said.

“You people quoted me out of context. I did not even mention it last time. He (the reporter) asked me about Criticos and I mentioned it. I don’t know how that name (Kenyatta) came in,” Swazuri said on Monday.

He was speaking at the Kenya School of Government in Mombasa during a hearing on the review of grants and dispositions of public land.

“So far we have not received any application from the Kenyatta family for them to want their property renewed. We don’t even know whether it is expired or not. We don’t know anything,” he said.

Swazuri noted NLC follows a specific procedure when dealing with land issues. “When we get a case, we will not move to the land in question immediately,” he said.

He said the Land Registry must confirm the status of the property. “Even the grabbers do not just move to a piece of land first. They have to go through and falsify documents first before going to the ground,” he said.

Swazuri told governors that they can inform the commission of public land in their counties whose leases they do not want renewed. His alleged announcement last week of the renewal of the Kenyatta lease sparked protests from Cord. Cord leaders demanded its nullification and accused NLC of failing to deal with land issues.

 

President Kenyatta marks 53rd birthday, first lady posts a love message to her darling

Kenyans led by deputy president William Ruto and first lady Margaret have wished President Uhuru Kenyatta a happy 53rd birthday.

“Darling, you are a loving husband,a role model daddy to the kids & a great President to all Kenyans #HappyBirthdayUhuru,” wrote Margaret.

“Mr President, this was dictated by the kids. ‘We just wanted you to know that you’ve always been a great dad; even now, when you have a much bigger family, embracing the entire Nation. You inspire us all the time. We love you. Happy birthday.’ See you at the finish line,” reads a message from Uhuru’s children.

Ruto’s candid message to his boss drew admiration from many on Social Media.

“Boss I recall that when we were elected, you age was 50+1, which was an excellent omen for Jubilee Alliance,” Ruto said in a card on social media, referring to their win in March 2013, Uhuru was 51.

“From birth, you have walked step by step with our country, and are now leading in maturing it’s promise. Your successful delivery of the jubilee promise will be a magnificent jewel in Kenya’s crowning glory. You are now at the prime of life, where the energy and ambition of youth meets wisdom and experience. I wish you a happy birthday full of joy and blessings. May you have many, many more.” William Samoei Ruto.

Here is the message from Ruto

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Uhuru Kenyatta Pays Tribute To ‘Iconic’ Prof. Ali Mazrui

Moments after the announcement of Prof. Ali Mazrui’s death in the US where he had been battling illness for  a couple of months, President Uhuru Kenyatta paid tribute to the late scholar.

“I am deeply saddened by the death of Prof. Ali Mazrui . Prof. Mazrui was a towering academician whose intellectual contributions played a major role in shaping African scholarship.” Kenyatta posted on his facebook page.

“He was one of the greatest scholars Kenya and the continent have ever produced. His brilliance raised him to the apex of scholarly distinction and earned him respect and following among his peers globally. His literary works, debates and relentless cultivation of a global view of Africa have helped to tell the continent’s story. ” Kenyatta continued.

“Prof. Mazrui’s legacy and commitment to intellectual advancement will always remain etched in Kenyans’ minds, and his name will be remembered alongside other Kenyan and African intellectual icons who contributed immensely in the academic sphere. My thoughts and prayers are with his Family and Friends at this time of great sorrow and grief. I pray that God grants you the strength and courage to bear the tragic loss.”


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Elsewhere, Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua posting on his twitter page described Mazrui as an inspiration.  “I read the works of Prof. Ali Mazrui and watched his brilliant documentaries. He was an inspiration and so right in many ways. Rest well.” he wrote.