Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Pope Francis: Land grabbing a serious problem in Kenya

27 November 2015, 15:57

Nairobi — Pope Francis on Friday took aim at the injustice of land grabs by Kenya's powerful and wealthy individuals, acts that government probes have identified as a major source of conflict and ethnic tension in the country.

In a speech on poverty at a church in the Kangemi slum of Nairobi, Francis criticized "private developers" who he accused of hoarding land and even attempting to take playgrounds away from schools.

Mention of playgrounds likely was a reference to an incident in January when primary school kids at the Langata Road Primary School were tear gassed by police during a demonstration over the takeover of their playground.

The students were in the front lines of demonstrators pulling down a wall around the playground that had been erected by a private developer. After an international outcry, the Kenyan government declared the playground the property of the school.

Illegal land grabs are a serious problem in Kenya and are believed to be fueled by the bribe-taking culture endemic in East Africa's largest economy.

A 2008 government commission looking into violence after a flawed presidential election in 2007 found historical injustices such as unequal land distribution as partly to blame for the violence. More than 1,000 people died and 600,000 were evicted from their homes during the clashes.

Also, a 2013 Truth Justice and Reconciliation report on historical injustices in Kenya after it gained its independence in 1963 found grievances over land were the single most important driver of conflicts and ethnic tension in Kenya.

President Uhuru Kenyatta's family members — especially his father, founding President Jomo Kenyatta — were named in the report as presiding over a government responsible for numerous human rights violations and illegal allocations of land.

For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page!

- AP

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Jayne Zack
I am in ODM to stay, Busia Depu...

Busia Deputy Governor Kizito Wangalwa told Deputy President William on the face that he was in the Orange Democratic Movement to stay. Read more...

Boda Boda operators in Bahati rai...

Motorbike Boda Boda operators from Bahati Sub county on Tuesday took to the streets of Nakuru’s CBD lamenting over what they term is harassment by patrol police officers in the area. Read more...

Submitted by
Gabriel Ngallah
Human Rights activist lives in fe...

The Human rights fraternity in Mombasa is currently living in fear after the home of one of the vocal human rights champion was invaded on Monday night. Read more...

Submitted by
kel wesh
Poisonous milk powder siezed by K...

The Kenya Revenue Authority has seized two containers with illegal milk powder which had been declared as gypsum board at Mombasa port. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Be ready for protests, Raila warn...

Expect protests if meddling with Auditor General continues, Raila Odinga has said. Read more...

Submitted by
Kenya says will return to interna...

Kenya will return to international markets to borrow when it feels the time is right, National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich said on Tuesday. Read more...