The Ministry of Lands has accused county governments and religious bodies of being a stumbling block in its effort to recover grabbed public land meant for schools, hospitals and forests.
According to Lands Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi, most county governments have not yet understood that title deeds that were in names of defunct local authorities are now under the National Treasury.
“They have been making decisions on these public land to the extent of reallocating it for other uses,” said Prof Kaimenyi in a speech read on his behalf by the Lands Secretary Peter Kahuho.
The CS further accused religious bodies of failing to relinquish public schools that they previously managed but have now been taken over by the government.
“It must be made clear that the religious bodies never bought the land, in most cases it was donated by communities to advance the communities’ interest in education,” he said.
Prof Kaimenyi said the government is making effort to recover public land, which has been converted to private ownership.
He said land reserved for schools in the urban areas are being grabbed because of their prime location.
The CS said the National Land Commission and the Ministry of Health are documenting land set aside for hospitals and are issuing them with papers.
The government is also dealing with protection of current forests, which have been depleted through illegal settlements.
NLC Commissioner Dr Rose Musyoka said they has been able to recover over 4000 titles of grabbed land since they took office.
They were speaking Tuesday in Nairobi during a public land conference by Shule Yetu lobby group.