When Kenyans enacted the Constitution in 2010, one of the crucial areas that we decided to focus on was land reform. The key target of this is the recognition, protection, and registration of community land rights. It is unfortunate that land reform has now been turned into a political process that fails to respect the aspirations of the people. It is especially disheartening that the proposals that were derived by the task force on community land have now been trashed and we are presented with land Bills that do not respect the needs of the people.
We fail to appreciate that the community land holding system exists in over 65 per cent of the Kenyan land mass, which is endowed with natural resources that are being discovered and are expected to spur economic growth. However, the communities living in these areas depend on this land for their livelihoods. Therefore, the gains of the recognition, protection, and registration of community land are yet to be felt.
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