Munya: Implement Land Bill and save the country
22 August 2012, 10:57
East African Community Assistant Minister Peter Munya has called on urgent implementation of the Community Land Bill to solve perennial land tussles facing various residents in the country.
The Tigania East legislator lamented that the only way of solving the thorny land disputes in the country is by passing the crucial bill.
The assistant minister was speaking in Mikinduri, Tigania East where residents recently closed down the lands office alleging corruption malpractices.
Munya said moves for the fast tracking and identification of personal land to protect public land should be put in place especially in the devolved government.
“The crucial bill would help solve emotive land disputes at the grass root levels if put in place,” he said.
“We need a system where land disputes are resolved at the community level. There is a need for proper mechanisms for recognition, registration and dealings of the community land,” added Munya.
Last month, residents of Mikinduri location in Tigania East held demonstrations to protest what they termed as high level of corruption by land officers.
Munya alleged that the area land adjudication process had been marred with corruption and called for a probe committee to urgently come in and address the residents’ woes.
Munya claimed some of the residents in his constituency had been forced to sell part of their land to raise money in the funding of cases involving their land pending in court.
The cabinet minister claimed that close to 200 of 400 acres of land set aside by the community for public use could not be accounted for after officers at the district lands ministry sold it to individuals.
The legislator noted that people of Tigania have been robbed of their land by goons who have colluded with land officers.
He also called on the Lands minister James Orengo to intervene and address the problems facing residents in his constituency.
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