Article: Freehold does not give one licence to carry out unplanned development – Timothy Mwangi

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Timothy Mwangi] When a landowner presented a subdivision scheme for his five acres into plots measuring 40-by-48 foot, he was disappointed when his application was rejected. He had not anticipated any problems as he had made provisions for 20-foot access roads. The county planning authority and Land Control Board insisted the…


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Article: There is every reason to rethink land use for posterity’s sake – Dr Elias Mokua

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Elias Mokua] Besides climate change, land use in Kenya is a major contributor to the drying up of water fountains, streams and rivers. But worse, it is significantly contributing to the weakening of food sovereignty. Across the counties, population density is growing exponentially. There are many factors for the growth, including…


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Article: Properties taxes can boost county revenues – Gatuyu Justice

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Share      [Source: Business Daily, by Gatuyu Justice] One of the prerequisites of successful devolution in Kenya is financial stability of county governments. This would enable them to efficiently discharge their functions. There are five main funding streams for counties. These include equitable share of revenue raised nationally, conditional and unconditional grants from national government, equalisation fund…


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Article: Can one invoke ‘adverse possession’ in land row? – Eric Mukoya

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Share      [Source: Daily Nation, by Eric Mukoya] Land is such an emotive issue in Kenya, being the single most important source of production and livelihood. There are many people who have employed deceit to gain possession of land, but others who through legally recognised means, obtain similar outcome, and this informs this response. The situation between…


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Article: Kenya’s emotive land issues must be handled with care – Magesha Ngwiri

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Share      [Source: Daily Nation, by Magesha Ngwiri] Many people believe there are only two ways to look at the issues surrounding the thousands of acres owned by non-Kenyan farmers in many parts of the country — either the land reverts to its original “owners”, which means it will being taken over by the wealthy, or some…


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Article: Why conveyance laws are critical to property owners – Joel Omari and Calvine Oredi

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Share      [Source: Business Daily] Experts recently called for more education and dissemination of property laws to facilitate its understanding by small investors. This is because they get affected the most when property companies go under. They also risk losing personal property due to uncertainty on authenticity of land titles. The trap of dubious documents can be…


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Article: Land sub-division hurting Kenya’s farming – Kipkemboi Rotuk

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Share      [Source: Business Daily] Kenya is an agricultural economy. Even with the advances and aspirations of being a manufacturing-driven economy, agriculture will continue remaining a key component in supplying raw materials, or at least food. However, it is also not possible to talk of food security without mentioning land tenure which is directly correlated with economies…


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Article: Resolve land compensation stalemate – Collins Odote

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Share      [Source: Business Daily, by Collins Odote] A few days ago as I was watching the news, I came across coverage of demolition of buildings in Nkoroi in Kajiado County. The report, which has dominated television coverage for several days since then involved owners of houses on land that had been earmarked for the construction of the…


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