Proposed Bill to curtail public land grabbing

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Share      [Source: Business Daily, by Cathy Mputhia] Cases of land fraud are common in Kenya especially where land buying companies are involved. Not all land buying companies are fraudulent however. The state of land fraud is so dire that in 2017 an estimated loss of Sh60 billion was attributed to land fraud. There were also 7,052…


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Court grants equal shares to siblings in inheritance dispute

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Share      [Source: Daily Nation, by Joseph Wangui] Taking care of a parent in old age does not give one added advantage to inheritance, the High Court has ruled in a property row involving eight siblings. Justice Florence Muchemi held that the Law of Succession Act mandates equal distribution of the estate of the deceased without discrimination,…


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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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ICPAK supports bid for levy on idle land

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Share      [Source: Business Daily, by Lynet Igadwah] Accountants have backed the proposal to penalise owners of idle land as contained in new taxation guidelines that await Parliamentary approval, saying it will tame hoarding of the scarce resource. The National Treasury signalled tougher tax rules on property owners with introduction of the idle land tax in a…


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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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City Hall to seize rent of land rate defaulters in new law

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Share      City Hall will seize and collect rent from homes and office blocks with land rate dues following a change in the county law that empowers Nairobi to temporarily repossess defaulting properties. The Nairobi County assembly amended the Revenue Act of 2015 to empower City Hall to recover land rates from rental income in the push…


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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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National Assembly Speaker wants case on land dismissed

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Share      National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has asked a court to dismiss a petition seeking to compel the House to pass a law recommending minimum and maximum land holding acreages by private individuals. Yesterday, the Speaker through Senior Deputy Clerk Serah Kioko said the petition by Amos Muchiri lacked merit and was abuse of the court…


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