Ngilu supervises demolition of Lang’ata playground wall
Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu has appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta for time to clean up the lands sector with National Land Commission chairman Mohammed Swazuri.
Ngilu said the Lands ministry was in a bad state when she took over.
“We should not be judged harshly because we took over a rotten sector,” she said.
She spoke while supervising the demolition of the wall around the Lang’ata road primary school playground on Wednesday.
Ngilu was responding to a statement by Uhuru on Tuesday saying she and Swazuri would be held accountable for the chaos that rocked the school.
Anti-riot police fired tear gas canisters at pupils, parents and activists demonstrating against the grabbing of their playground.
Ngilu ordered the demolition of the old perimeter wall on Tuesday, and the construction of another demarcating the school.
The demonstrators destroyed part of it during the protest on Monday.
Ngilu further said that all persons and organisations implicated in the land grabbing must present their documents to the Lands ministry for verification of ownership.
She said her ministry will now deal with land matters proactively, noting that she is aware that some government institutions are involved.
“There is a name behind the name in land grabbing and that is what I am going to establish,” she said.