State hands Kikuyu elders100-acre shrine in Mt Kenya forest

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Share      [Source: Daily Nation, by Gakuu Mathenge and Joseph Wangui] Kikuyu elders have finally acquired a shrine inside Mt Kenya forest after 56 years of waiting and frustrations by successive governments. On Saturday, the 100-acre shrine was handed over to the 12 Kikuyu community high priests by Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko. The high priests led…


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Sultan heirs, tenants battle over land (Mombasa)

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Patrick Beja] The long-standing land dispute between tenants-at-will and descendants of pre-independence Coast rulers (Liwali) who represented the Sultan of Zanzibar is far from over after the first meeting failed to resolve the matter. More than 20,0000 tenants from Mombasa who have built houses on the plots owned by the Liwali…


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County applying wrong land rates – Assembly (Nakuru)

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Kennedy Gachuhi] Taxpayers in Nakuru have been paying irregular and exorbitant land rates to the county administration, the county assembly has revealed. The Assembly’s Committee on Lands, Housing and Physical Planning yesterday exposed, in a report, how landowners had been paying the rates based on an old and obsolete valuation roll.…


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Families kicked out of Nakuru sisal farm seek help to settle

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Share      [Source: Daily Nation, by Kevin Rotich and Geoffrey Ondieki] Over 400 families who were evicted from Athinai Sisal Estate in Rongai, Nakuru County now want President Uhuru Kenyatta help them rebuild their lives. The evictees, who have now camped at the Athinai trading centre along the Nakuru-Baringo road, were kicked out of the farm in…


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City estates face demolition in height audit (Nairobi)

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Share      [Source: Business Daily, by Collins Omulo] More than 70 percent of residential buildings in Nairobi are not compliant with the county government’s zoning policy on the number of floors. Nairobi County Assembly Planning, Housing and Lands committee chairman Anthony Karanja said only 25 percent of all city buildings adhere to the policy. “It has come…


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New survey to determine size of Del Monte land in Murang’a

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Share      [Source: Daily Nation, by David Mwere] The Ministry of Land is on the spotlight over a syndicate of irregular renewal of leases of land to Del Monte Kenya Limited. This comes after it emerged that officials from the ministry could not even tell the total acreage that the fruit farm has in Murang’a. Appearing before…


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Kenya Railways pension scheme to sell Muthurwa, Makongeni estates (Nairobi)

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Share      [Source: Business Daily, by Ibrahim Oruko] Muthurwa and Makongeni estates in Nairobi will be sold to the government to boost the cash flow of the Kenya Railways pension scheme, which owns the two properties. The government will use the Muthurwa land for the expansion of Jogoo Road and Makongeni’s 139 acres for the building of…


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Petitioners claim Del Monte sits on land acquired illegally (Murang’a County)

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Moses Nyamori] Residents of Murang’a County have accused Del Monte, a multi-national fruit processor, of holding thousands of acres of idle land. Kandara Residents Association told National Assembly’s Lands Committee chaired by Rachael Nyamai that the firm was only utilising 7,000 acres, leaving 15,000 idle. They insisted that the firm acquired…


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