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Our Role in Securing Public Participation in the Kenyan Legislative and Policy Reform Process

By Rose Jeptoo Birgen and Eva Maria Okoth The legislative and policy formulation process is an important first step towards securing the rights and fundamental freedoms of communities living in Kenya, including their right to a clean and healthy environment. The Kenyan Constitution grants the executive and parliament powers to formulate …

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Customary Law and Community Land

Customary tenure refers to the traditional institutions and rules that communities around the world have created to administer land and natural resources. These practices are interwoven with traditional community governance and social systems, which give them great resilience and flexibility. Community land refers to land that has long been owned, …

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Rise and Fall of Group Ranches in Kenya

  Kenya’s governments, from colonial times to today, have attempted to regulate traditional pastoral practices of herding cattle across the country’s vast arid and semi-arid lands. Fourteen million people live in these areas, herding more than 30 million cattle, sheep, goats and camels. Over centuries, pastoralists crafted practices that allowed …

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OPINION: A historic step towards securing community land rights in Kenya

by Jaron Vogelsang | Namati Archive Photo: People from the Sengwer community protest over their eviction from their ancestral lands, Embobut Forest, by the government for forest conservation in western Kenya, April 19, 2016. REUTERS/Katy Migiro * Any views expressed in this opinion piece are those of the author and not of …

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Good Progress on Community Land Matters

By Team Whispers  The history of land governance in Kenya has been one of official policy trying to subdue customary and communal ownership of land at the expense of private ownership. Despite this official policy, communities continued to manage land according to their traditional rules. This was until 2010 when …

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State has failed Isiolo residents on community land

Senator Hon. Abshiro Halakhe By Abshiro Halake        Land grabbing can oftentimes be disguised as legitimate when a government gazettement is used to throw some veil of due process over illegalities.  But as the Lands ministry and county governments conspire to illegally appropriate community land, no veil can …

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Community Land Act: We played our role, let officials honour pledge

Courtesy of “The Sunday Nation” Newspaper  On July 24 last year, together with other delegates from nine rural communities of Kajiado, Laikipia, Isiolo, Turkana and Tana River, we marched to the Ministry of Lands to demand that the government, in compliance with the 2016 Community Land Act, recognise our demand …

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MP Collects Signatures to Impeach CS Karoney

Isiolo County Woman Representative Hon Rehema Jaldesa Isiolo Woman Representative Rehema Jaldesa has started collecting signatures from her colleagues to kick start the process of impeaching Land Cabinet Secretary Faridah Karoney. The Law Society of Kenya wants Ms Karoney investigated on allegations of mismanaging the docket. Earlier in February, LSK’s …

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GOVERNOR KUTI APPEALS FOR TRUCE IN ISIOLO LAND ADJUDICATION ROW- DAILY NATION 

Isiolo Governor Mohamed Kuti Isiolo Governor Mohamed Kuti has urged all elected leaders in the county to put aside their differences and work together towards realisation of development in the region. While referring to the row between him and five local MPs over a legal notice establishing the county as …

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Governor Lenku rescues community’s 170,000 acres land from illegal sale

The county government has recovered 170,000 acres belonging to a community in Kajiado West. Governor Joseph Lenku (pictured) led efforts to get back the land belonging to Oldonyonyokie Group Ranching at Magadi Ward. The title to the land had been confiscated and held as collateral in a land deal between a Nairobi surveyor …

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