Yesterday, Kabale Tache was sworn in as the new Chief Executive Officer of the National Land Commission (NLC) in a ceremony presided over by Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu.
Having served in an acting capacity for nearly four years, Tache acknowledged the significant responsibility that awaits her as she takes office during a period of land reforms in the country.
Tache acknowledged the significant challenge that lies ahead as she assumes her role during a time of land reforms in the country. She expressed her commitment to carrying out her responsibilities faithfully, diligently, and impartially for the benefit of all stakeholders of the Commission. Notably, Tache, hailing from the Borana community, is the first woman from her community to be appointed as a Chief Executive Officer of a public institution.
Tache emphasized her intention to collaborate closely with the Judiciary, Parliament, and the Executive, building upon the achievements already made in the land sector. She called upon the public to extend their unwavering support to the Commission, enabling it to fulfill its crucial mandate.
“I promise to lead by example in all areas including but not limited to high productivity culture, good governance and inculcation of a sense of teamwork. I will continue with the progress that has already been made by my predecessors and strengthen the partnerships both with State and non-State actors in discharging the functions of my office,” Tache stated
Gershom Otachi, the Commission chairman, highlighted that Tache’s appointment followed a competitive and rigorous selection process, which involved 172 applicants and shortlisted seven for interviews. With her extensive experience in the acting position since 2018, Tache possesses a deep understanding of the Commission’s mandate and is well-positioned to lead the secretariat.
Deputy Chief Justice Mwilu urged Tache to uphold the rule of law in the execution of her duties, cautioning her against succumbing to undue influence from any individual or authority.
“Article 249 of the constitution states that Commissions are subject only to the Constitution and the law, and are independent and not subject to direction or control by any person or authority,” Mwilu said.
She further emphasized, “Reflect on the privilege you have been granted to serve the citizens of Kenya. Let the principles outlined in Article 249 of the Constitution and the oath you have taken today guide you unwaveringly.”