Land conflicts frustrate investments in Eastlands (Nairobi County)

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Moses Omusolo] Picture a scenario involving a surging population, large tracts of undeveloped land, corruptible land administration authorities, populist politics and escalating land prices. This is Nairobi’s Eastlands, especially the wider Embakasi area where protracted conflicts over land have remained persistent despite numerous efforts to resolve them. The latest effort was…


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Mau deadline looms as 3,366 families voluntarily exit area

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Julius Chepkwony] With two weeks left to the expiry of the 60-day notice to families illegally living in the Maasai Mau Forest, only 3,366 settlers have voluntarily vacated the disputed land. According to Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya, the government plans to evict 10,000 families irregularly allocated some 17,101 acres of forest…


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Six acquitted in Sh2.3b sugar land case have case to answer (Kisumu County)

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Paul Ogembah] The Director of Public Prosecution got a boost in his bid to nail eight people accused of grabbing a public land valued at Sh2.3 billion after the High Court ruled that all they have a case to answer. Lady Justice Mumbi ruled that she didn’t understand why the trial…


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More groups call for faster evictions from Mau forest

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Michael Chepkwony] A number of lobby groups are pushing for faster eviction of settlers in Mau Forest Complex amid claims of human rights violations in the exercise. The Government is carrying out evictions in Narok South and North targeting 60,000 people in a bid to reclaim 17,000 acres of land. Nine…


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Suspects in Sh2bn Miwani Sugar land fraud to face trial (Kisumu County)

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Share      [Source: Business Daily, by Victor Raballa] The High Court has ruled that all the persons accused of defrauding Miwani Sugar Company of land worth Sh2.3 billion be put on their defence. Justice Mumbi Ngugi’s (left) decision sets aside the one by Kisumu Chief Magistrate Julius Ng’arng’ar. “I find and hold that all the accused persons…


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Govt barred from evicting Elsa Ntirim residents from disputed land (Isiolo County)

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Share      [Source: Daily Nation, by Waweru Wairimu] A Meru court has issued orders barring the government from evicting residents of Elsa Ntirim in isiolo County from a disputed land claimed by the Kenya Defence Forces School of Infantry. The Environment and Labour Relations Court issued the orders stopping the eviction, whose notice expires on October 12,…


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Survey shows most women in Nyanza, western own no land

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Share      [Source: Daily Nation. by Kitavi Mutua] Women in western and Nyanza regions are the most discriminated in terms of land ownership if data compiled by the Kenya Land Alliance is anything to go by. A survey by the alliance ranks Kisumu and Siaya poorly, with less than three percent of women in the counties owning…


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Petitioners seek Sh2b for land in rail project (Kwale County)

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Joackim Bwana] Residents of Kwale are seeking to lift orders that stopped theNational Land Commission (NLC) from compensating them Sh2 billion for land acquired for the railway project. In an application filed at the Lands and Environment Court in Mombasa, the residents of Kwale want the court to allow NLC to…


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