The Star (Nairobi)

11 December 2012

Kenya: Law to End Inhumane Evictions On the Way

The enactment of the Eviction and Resettlement Bill will end illegal evictions, the chairman designate of the National Land Commission Mohamed Swazuri said yesterday. He said the Community Land Bill will soon be drafted by the Lands ministry.Swazuri was speaking during the World Human Rights Day celebrations in Mombasa.

His statement comes in the backdrop of the many eviction orders being executed in the country with Coast region and Nairobi taking a big chunk of the problems.

At the Coast, close to 120, 000 residents of Likoni have been slapped with an eviction order from a 930-acre piece of land belong to Evanson Waitiki.

Residents of Syokimau in Mavoko were last year evicted in an incident that drew public concern because of the brutality used."There is a taskforce going round the country in the process of formulation of the bill that will address the problem of eviction and settlement in the country. They are seeking views on how the problem will be addressed," he said.

Swazuri decried the lack of political goodwill in the past to implement the many recommendations on land that had been formulated by various commissions.

"We have had close to 18 commissions to try and address the land issues in the country since independence but political goodwill is lacking to implement the recommendations," Swazuri added.

"The new laws have an expanded democratic space and only an impunity free society will help address the problems of land." The eviction bill, according to Swazuri, may help address the problems of land grabbing as well forceful and unlawful evictions.The full details of the bill will be published soon after task force completes public views collection.

Swazuri and other members of the commission are awaiting the gazzetement of their names by President Kibaki before assuming office.

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