President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed his lawyer, Gershom Otachi Bw’Omanwa, to head the National Lands Commission- taking over from Muhammad Swazuri, whose 6-year tenure at the helm of the agency ended on February 19, 2019.
The highly respected lawyer has undertaken international legal assignments and represented clients before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania and The International Criminal Court, The Hague in The Netherlands.
In a Gazette Notice Number 9339, dated Wednesday, October 2, 2019, the Head of State said Otachi’s 6-year term in office and that of eight other new commissioners begins on October 2, 2019.
He is famous for having successfully represented General Hussein Ali and participated in the defence of His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta. Uhuru’s lawyer- an alumnus of the University of Nairobi, has also been serving as the Chairman, Geothermal Development Company since 2015.
Otachi is joined at the Commission by Esther Murugi, James Tuitoek, Getrude Nguku, Reginald Okumu, Hubbie Hussein, Alister Mutugi, Kazungu Kambi and Tiya Galgalo.
On August 20, President Kenyatta forwarded the names of the nine NLC-nominees to Parliament for vetting and subsequent approval.
On Tuesday, October 1, the National Assembly okayed the 9-member team to take over the running of the NLC despite Galgalo and Kambi facing hurdles at the vetting stage.
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