The Star (Nairobi)

9 February 2013

Kenya: I'll Speak About Land - Mudavadi

Deputy prime minster and Amani presidential candidate Musalia Mudavadi has placed land on top of the coalition's agenda for the coastal people.

Mudavadi who is on a three day campaign trail in the region said that despite land being an emotive issue, engaging it with the public was not wrong.

In a ten point agenda for the region, Mudavadi promised "to repeal outdated and unjust laws and policies" which he said, "hinder solutions to land tenure, mining, and labor and human/wildlife conflicts."

"The solution will emanate from the locals. The constitution through the national land commission will be used to tackle the problem in the country," said Mudavadi.

Mudavadi's sentiments on land came amid the raging debate on whether land should be used as a campaign tool to woo voters.

Inspector general of police David Kimaiyo recently warned politicians to steer clear off the land issue, terming it emotive and that it could cause chaos

National cohesion and integration commission chairman Mzalendo Kibunjia also echoed the sentiments after prime minister and Cord presidential candidate Raila Odinga took on his closest rival Uhuru Kenyatta over the issue.

But Mudavadi said police and other government agencies should not gag politicians from talking about land during campaigns. "Land has been a bigger problem especially at the coast. We cannot avoid talking about it," said Mudavadi.

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