23July2017

Land Reforms in Kenya and around Africa

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Over the holiday season, I’d to spend some time advising on some simple disputes. In the process, I appreciated that many, including state officers, political leaders and land owners at the rural level, haven’t fully understood their roles, rights and obligations under our current dispensation. This adversely exposes private land rights while leaving state and political leaders vulnerable to arguable lawsuits. Some experiences help to underscore.

Need to assert ownership rights

While we operated the old constitution, I was called in to help some land owner reclaim parts of his land that had been ‘declared’ public land and converted to a road of access by an area Councilor. As it turned out, the councilor was ‘feared’ in the locality. It therefore took effort to convince the land owner that he held discretion to assert his rights and reject such intrusion.

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At the end of August, President Kenyatta assented and brought into life the Land Laws (Amendment) Act which amends the Land, the Land Registration and the National Land Commission Acts. Some provisions in the new law need to be carefully noted.

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I. Background

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Lessons on legislative process and application of existing laws

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Discussion is healthy

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