The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Nyanza Is Yet to Give Views On Land Bill

The chairperson of the national task force on the Land Bill, Akinyi Nzioki, has lamented lack of input from Nyanza residents on land issues.

The task force's is charged with formulation of community land, and eviction/resettlement bills. Nzioki said since the process begun last year there has been no submission from Nyanza yet the region was identified as one of those areas with historical land injustices alongside Nakuru and Mombasa.

She called on Nyanza people to submit their contributions before the two bills are tabled in parliament. The mandate of the task force in compiling of the report ends in May.

"We have identified Siaya County as the epicentre of increased land cases in Nyanza region which need to be addressed sooner," said Njoki adding other regions have submitted substantial proposals.

She was speaking yesterday at Siaya Agricultural Training Center during a one day-training workshop for participants on community land and resettlement bills.

Nzioki said the force will compile the bills next month before the establishment of the county government and will act as a guideline to the devolved government.

'We want public participation so that we can derive a legislation that will end the perennial land issues in future," she added. She added that after the elections, the task force will compile views from the special interest groups so that they can document their concerns and address them amicably.

'After formulating a draft on all the proposals we will engage the public before submitting them to the next parliament for adoption," she added.

She was accompanied by Dr Peris Mang'ira, the National coordinator land reforms and Siaya DC Kepher Marube among others.

Mang'ira acknowledged that there were many serious land concerns pending in the Lands ministry which he will be addressed once the county governments take effect.

She attributed the backlog to mandate given by Commissioner of Lands who single-handedly had to sign all the documents. "We will have our staff at the county government to help expedite the land transaction issues with ease," she added.

Marube who closed the workshop asked participants to air views that were of public interest and not for selfish gains since matters touching on land were sensitive.

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