State launches new policy to tackle land woes

Wednesday June 13 2018

 Land Sessional Paper 1 of 2017

Deputy President William Ruto presents Land Sessional Paper 1 of 2017 on National Land Use Policy to CS Farida Karoney during its launch at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre on June 12, 2018. Looking on is Water CS Simon Chelugui. PHOTO | DPPS 

VALENTINE OBARA
By VALENTINE OBARA
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The government is banking on the implementation of a new land policy to deal with poor land management, which leads to challenges such as grabbing of riparian land and water towers.

Speaking on Tuesday in Nairobi during the launch of Sessional Paper No 1 of 2017 on National Land Use Policy, Deputy President William Ruto said the abuse and degradation of riparian land and water towers were among the challenges caused by poor land management.

He said that if fully implemented, the policy prepared by the Ministry of Land and Physical Planning will also help curb emergent informal settlements and the skyrocketing cost of land, especially in urban areas.

Of the Sh17 billion budgeted for a five-year action plan whose implementation began in 2016, Sh4 billion will be used to map, as well as restore and reclaim riparian land throughout the country by 2019/2020.

LAND USE PLANS

“We expect to see the development of land-use plans by the national and county governments. This policy must lead to the development and continuous improvement of a transparent, accountable, sustainable and comprehensive participatory structure of managing land,” he said.