Nairobi-DoD land dis­pute highlights cri­sis of grab­bing

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

The dis­pute be­tween the Nairobi city county and the De­part­ment of Defence over con­tro­ver­sial own­er­ship of 5,000 acres in Kay­ole came to the fore dur­ing the Land Sum­mit at State House on Monday. This is ob­vi­ously a dis­pute be­tween two lev­els of gov­ern­ment. Gover­nor Evans Kidero de­manded to know what ac­tion the min­istry of Lands and the National Land Com­mis­sion were tak­ing to en­sure t the land re­verts to the county. This dis­pute is but a man­i­fes­ta­tion of the many land dis­putes and cases of grab­bing. Now that it is clear it has es­ca­lated to publicly owned prop­er­ties, it calls for stern mea­sures to end this prob­lem once and for all. It has been pro­tracted since our In­de­pen­dence. It is wrong for gen­uine land own­ers to waste their time, money and en­ergy fight­ing goons and car­tels that in­vade their prop­er­ties whilst those man­dated to pro­tect pri­vate and pub­lic prop­erty are nowhere to be seen.

JOSEPH GICHUKI Via email

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