CORD leaders to visit grabbed Langata playground
21 January 2015, 18:30
Nairobi - CORD leaders will visit the grabbed playground in Langata on Thursday as they start their offensive on land grabbing in the country.
The leaders announced that they would go to the Langata Road Primary School Thursday to show solidarity with the pupils and further condemn the issue of land grabbing that has grown in prominence in the country in recent times.
ODM director of communications Philip Etale confirmed the news.
" CORD leaders led by principals Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang'ula will lead the CORD fraternity in visiting the Langata Road Primary School. Please attend," he said.
The two leaders had earlier insisted that the Jubilee coalition is to blame for the rampant incidences of land grabbing.
The opposition coalition says that it is no coincidence that cases of
land grabbing have increased dramatically in the country since Jubilee
came into power in 2013.
In a statement signed by coalition
principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula, they blame the current
government for helping and canvassing in land grabbing.
They also say that the problem will not end any time soon unless Kenyans ask for accountability from the government.
They also insist that the persons who are engaging in land grabbing are well known to the government.
Here is the full statement from CORD on the land grabbing incidences.
" Monday, January 19th, 2015, marked a glorious day in the history of
Kenya. For the first time since we won our independence, we witnessed
our children express dissatisfaction and impatience with the continued
looting of public resources and take it upon themselves to confront a
person who has become a notorious land grabber in Kenya. We salute our
young heroes and heroines who are rising to the calling of their time
and their generation.
As we congratulate the pupils of Lang’ata
Road Primary School for their patriotism, it is regrettable that the
government had to wait until the children acted before taking action
despite the government’s full knowledge of this criminal enterprise. The
people have a constitutional right to information and it is a betrayal
of the people for the government to refuse to release information on
criminal activities against the people and to stand with the persons who
are grabbing public property.
The menace of land grabbing is back
in Kenya, and as before, it has full government sanction. We have had
land issues in Lamu, Eldoret, Karen, Ngurman in Narok, Taita Taveta to
mention just a few. All these remain unresolved and the Government has
done nothing to conclusively deal with the many land irregularities all
over the Republic despite the continued promise from the Jubilee regime
that it has the answer.
Of note is Jubilee’s inability to offer
strategies and interventions towards resolving the political, legal and
moral questions around land grabbing in Kenya. Land grabbing has been
officialised and there exists structural failures by the National Lands
Commission (NLC) to deal with the land question including historical
injustices on our land tenure system.
Of particular concern is the
extension of lease to the Kenyatta family to the 30,000hectares of
farmland in Taita Taveta which has been a historical focus of
dispossession and disenfranchisement of the local community. This
extension by the NLC in total disregard of the Constitutional order is
Further, the Jubilee regime has admitted
that the land in question belongs to Lang’ata Road Primary School and
that it was being grabbed. Jubilee must resolve the land grabbing
question in the Wilson Airport Area which neighbors the primary school.
We particularly wish to remind the Government of the continued
complaints that have been made over the years regarding the grabbing of
the land on which Weston Hotel stands.
The Coalition for Reforms
and Democracy remains committed to justice and accountability in the
land sector. We put all land grabbers on notice, we shall continue to
resist all attempts to defraud Kenyans of their just inheritance. We
therefore call upon the Jubilee regime to implement the Ndungu report
and the TJRC report without any further delay.
We therefore demand
that the Government takes action to revoke the title to Weston Hotel, to
bring down all developments on the said land and to re-convey the
property to the people of Kenya.
We equally demand the extension of
lease to the Kenyatta family be nullified and a proper constitutional
process be initiated for the proper disposition of the said land ".
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