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Lands Commission urges govt to fast track community land bill

11 December 2014, 13:30 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - The National Land Commission (NLC) has urged the government to speed up publication of the community land bill.

NLC Commissioner, Clement Lenachuru said that the bill had already been submitted to the CS charity Ngilu before it makes its way to Parliament.

Speaking to the press in Hola, Tana River County, Lenachuru said if the new bill is passed into law, it will give direction to the commission to assist the County government in managing community land that has been riddled with wrangles.

“Once the bill is enacted, we will be able to assist the County government to manage land in their areas and bring to an end the experienced squabbles,” Lenchuru noted.

He said the bill will help with establishment of settlement schemes with a view to resettling squatters in areas such as Tana River.

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Lenachuru also revealed that the Lands Commission would use the proposed bill to revert public land in the entire coastal region to community land.

The Commissioner noted that the coastal region is largely affected because during the colonial period, all land was declared public land and the indigenous communities had been left with no land.

“This new bill seeks to address such matters and we will revert most of the public land belongs to the indigenous communities,” said Lenachuru.

At the moment record indicate that about 70 percent of the land in Tana River County is public land while community and private land constitute to 25 percent.

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