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New policy to curb sale of Maasai community land in Kajiado County

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A new county law seeking to protect the Maasai community in Kajiado from selling land to investors is now in force.

A new county law seeking to protect the Maasai community in Kajiado from selling land to investors is now in force.

Kajiado County to control land transactions to protect families from unscrupulous buyers

A new county law that seeks to protect the Maasai community in Kajiado from selling land to investors is now in force.

The law will be used to monitor and control land transactions to protect gullible families from falling prey to unscrupulous land buyers.

The county will buy land from locals and lock it from sale to developers to protect pastoralists, the environment and wildlife. The land ‘bank’ will cushion the Maasai from land market forces.

A recent survey on land ownership in Kajiado says that seven out of 10 families in the county have sold at least a part of their ancestral land.

Nine out of 10 families in Kaputiei, Kitengela have hived off their land more than once to pave the way for real estates, according to the survey that was conducted by Youth Empowerment Support Services (YESS), supported by the Swedish Embassy, SIDA, Act! and UK Aid.

Political will It cites the neighborhoods of Kitengela-Namanga Road, Nairobi-Ngong-Kiserian Road and Nairobi-Ongata Rongai-Kiserian Road as the worst hit.

The new policy has been approved by the Kajiado County Assembly and puts a caveat on sale of undeveloped land allocated by the government.

Yesterday, Land Executive Ali Letura said: “No plots in urban areas allocated by the government will be sold to third parties without first developing them. Some land officers a holding residents at ransom. Impunity is at an alarming level and we must curb this.” Governor David Nkedianye said community land will be valued and registered. “Sub-division of land will first be vetted by the county government before proceeding to the land control boards,” he said.

Dr Beneah Mutsotso, a pastoral la expert at University of Nairobi, thin the new policy will require very strong political will to implement. All land agents and brokers will be register by the county government.

-Nation.co.ke

 

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