Matiang’i sets the stage for UN takeover of KTTC land

Education secretary Fred Matiang’i. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Education secretary Fred Matiang’i. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Education secretary Fred Matiang’i has defied the Ombudsman and picked a team to oversee the planned takeover of Kenya Technical Trainers College (KTTC) premises in Gigiri by the United Nations.

The team, chaired by the head of public service, will guide the relocation of KTTC to the University of Nairobi’s Kenya Science Campus on Ngong Road, transfer of students and construction to accommodate additional students at a new site.

KTTC sits on 62 acres.

The Commission on Administrative Justice — the Ombudsman — had opposed the transfer, arguing that the government would be in breach of public land law.

“We note with concern that if that is the case, then the government will be in breach of the law that governs public land. Beyond issues of transfer, there is a need to compensate those affected,” said the Ombudsman, adding that the offer to the UN be withdrawn or suspended.

“The regime of acquiring public land is clear: it is held in trust by the national or county government and transferred with the approval of the National Land Commission.”

But Dr Matiang’i maintains Kenya is honouring its international obligations to the UN by offering it the land for expansion.

The committee will serve for one year with effect from April 25, 2017.

The committee comprises five principal secretaries from the education, lands and foreign affairs ministries and representatives of the University of Nairobi and KTTC.