Article: If spirit of law undermines public interest, then change it – Ibrahim Mwathane

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Share      [Source: Daily Nation] I fully agree with the adage that the law is made for man and not man for the law! Often, when I help to unpack sectoral documents like the national land policy, the chapter on land in the Constitution and several recent pieces of land law to audiences, I always point out…


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Article: State should intervene in land issues and protect public from schemers – Eugenia Nyaboke

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Share      After the Nandi County debacle on land repossession, it is now Kiambu County’s turn — and the fire is spreading. In Nandi and neighbouring counties, the debate is about the renewal of land leases for thousands of acres of land that house vast tea zones. In Kiambu, however, Del Monte has already given up a…


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Article: Savings but no title deed? Loans help Kenyan women turn idle land into gold

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Share      For the women of Tuluroba village’s self-help group, the goal was simple: use their combined savings to buy cattle, fatten them and sell them to the beef industry for slaughter. But there was a problem. “We had no land to graze the cattle. Nor could we obtain a loan from a bank to buy land,…


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Article: Land grabbing poses security risk

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Share      Land grabbing is becoming a national security threat, experts have warned. According to Land Development and Governance Institute Chairman Ibrahim Mwathane, it is increasingly becoming impossible for landowners to protect their property. Mr Mwathane said land documents should be safeguarded to avert a major crisis.“You cannot have the army guarding all parcels of land to…


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Article: Evictions in Nairobi: Why the city has a problem and what can be done to fix it – Kefa M. Otiso

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Share      Why do forced evictions happen in Nairobi? They happen for lots of reasons. But the mains ones are ambitious development plans, the high cost of land, an acute shortage of affordable housing, and a lack of land rights. Evictions happen when people fail to pay loans or rent, or when they illegally occupy public or…


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Article: Chance to holistically resolve land issues – Amason Kingi (Kilifi Governor)

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Share      The upcoming law reforms and Building Bridges Initiative give the best opportunity yet to Kenyans, especially the coastal peoples, to have a say in the resolution of historical land injustices. The genesis of the land question at the coast, a reason for disgruntlement over the years, can be traced to the arrival of the Arabs…


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Article: Research on land necessary for reforms

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Share       Despite past efforts, land problems continue to exist in the country. Continuous work is necessary to develop solutions to the myriad challenges facing the land sector. While the land question has historical roots and has continued to exist since and has political, economic, social and ecological aspects, its exact nature is always contested. For…


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Property rights must be used in public interest – Collins Odote

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Share       Recent events relating to demolition of land on riparian land have sparked off debate on land rights, the promise of the Constitution and the refuge for a citizen when those rights are threatened. This question arises when one watches media reports of citizens who state that they purchased such property after conducting due diligence…


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