History of Land in Kenya Part 2

National Land Commission in Kenya

The functions of the National Land Commission, established by the new Constitution, are:

• Managing public land on behalf of the county and national

• Recommending national land policies to the national government

• Advising the national government on a comprehensive program for the titles’ registration

• Conducting research on the use of natural resources and land

• Investigating any historical or present land injustices and recommending redress.

• Encouraging the application of the traditional dispute resolution systems where land conflicts are


• Assessing premiums on immobile property and tax on land and also having oversight over land use.

Kenya land policy

The new land policy, which recognizes land not only as a commodity for trade but also as a dominant source of livelihood was approved by the Kenya Parliament and The Cabinet. This policy is bound to correct any injustices against children, women and any minority groups in Kenya.

This policy further stipulates the plan to stop hoarding of land or any speculations by introducing taxes that are meant to discourage any ownership of idle land. This policy also gives the State the power to regulate private land. The current law, borrowed from outdated British regulations, discriminates against women but the new Kenya law has changed that and will protect the rights of widows, divorcees, and widowers by providing the rights to co-own

matrimonial property.  This new law further curbs the sale of family land without the spouses’ involvement and to correct any and every historical injustice; this policy seeks to go as far back as when Kenya became a colony under the British, in 1895.

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