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Public land grabbers to face stiff penalties

22 January 2015, 21:57 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The Transition Authority (TA) has put on notice public land grabbers and threatened to slap them with stiff penalties in strict discharge of its constitutional oversight role.

The Authority raised alarm over rising cases of public land grabbing in the country and insisted that such encroachment is illegal and the perpetuators or land grabbers are liable to at least seven years imprisonment or KES 10 million fines.

“Emerging evidence seems to suggest that strict oversight is needed in order to curb any such malpractices and to thwart further incidences,” said TA Chairman, Kinuthia Wamwangi.

Assuring of the Authority’s commitment in protecting public property particularly during the transition period to devolved government, Wamwangi asked all the 47 County governments to urgently legislate necessary laws to secure and protect public property.

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The Authority had gazetted a ban on transfer of public assets without TA’s approval during the transition period but Wamwangi revealed that they have received complaints on illegal transfers and analysis is being done for action to be taken.

“The Transition Authority advises all Parents and Teachers Associations and their respective Boards of Governors to liaise with the Authority in regard to land grabbing from public schools and other institutions,” said Wamwangi.

He directed all County Assets Committees led by County Transition Coordinators to convene with immediate effect to urgently take an inventory of all land and assets belonging to Early Childhood Education, Primary, and Secondary schools, Youth Polytechnic and Tertiary institutions.

Wamwangi appealed to citizens to be vigilant and report suspected incidences of land grabbing to his Authority for immediate action to be taken.

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