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Uhuru nominates Gershom Otachi as National Lands Commission’s new boss ▷ Kenya News

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– Otachi was one of the 11 candidates who were shortlisted for position

– The president also nominated eight new members to the National Lands Commission

– The position fell vacant following exit of Mohammed Swazuri and his team in February 2019

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday, August 19, nominated Gershom Otachi Bw’omanwa as the new chairman of National Lands Commission (NLC).

The president also picked former Labour CS Kazungu Kambi, former Isiolo woman rep Tiya Galgalo, former Nyeri Town MP Esther Murugi, James Tuitoek, Getrude Nduku Nguku, Reginald Okumu, Hubbie Hussein Al-Haji and Alister Murimi Mutugi as new members to the commission.

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Uhuru nominates Gershom Otachi as National Lands Commission new chairman

President Uhuru Kenyatta nominated Gershom Otachi as replacement for former National Lands Commission (NLC) boss Mohammed Swazuri. Photo: State House.
Source: Facebook

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The head of state sent names of the nominees to National Assembly which is expected to approve them within 21 days before they can officially take up their positions at the commission.

Otachi emerged winner out of the 11 candidates who were shortlisted for the coveted NLC chairperson’s job.

Uhuru nominates Gershom Otachi as National Lands Commission's new boss

Gershom Otachi Bw’omanwa who is a managing partner of a law firm based in Nairobi will take over as NLC chair if the National Assembly approves his name. Photo: CapitalFM.
Source: UGC

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Former Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) commissioner general John Njiraini was also in the list but pulled out of the race along the way citing other personal interests.

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“I wish to communicate my decision to withdraw as a candidate for the position of chairperson of the National Land Commission in order to pursue other interests.

I wish to thank you and other panel members for having granted me the opportunity to present my ideas on how this important national institution can be transformed through the injection of a fresh leadership dynamic,” he said in a letter dated August 6, 2019.

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The positions fell vacant following the exit of Mohammed Swazuri and his team on February 19, 2019.

Otachi is a managing partner at a Nairobi-based law firm and an advocate of the High Court of Kenya with 27 years practicing experience.

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