With the five year constitutional timeline for the enactment of legislation on community land and regulation of land use and property nearly coming to an end, LDGI got involved in efforts to ensure the bills being formulated towards this end are not hurriedly done but instead uphold the principles of sustainable land use while taking into account the various social and economic aspect of land ownership in the country. Part of these efforts led to LDGIs involvement in the National Assembly Departmental Committee on Land with the aim of sharing stakeholder concerns on bills currently being formulated.
TheNational Assembly Departmental Committee on Land Workshop was aimed at discussing the Investigations and Adjudication of Historical Land Injustices Bill, 2015; the Minimum and Maximum Land Holding Acreages Bill, 2015; the Community Land Bill 2015; and the Planning Bill, 2015. LDGI sought to present stakeholder concerns over the bills to the Lands Committee and inform their discussion on the same before they began. The Institute also took the opportunity to give comments on the bills from the engagement with other land sector stakeholders at the Audit of the Maximum and Minimum Land Holding Acreage Bill and the Engagement Forum with the Senate Lands Committee. Presentations were made on the contentious issues in the Maximum and Minimum Land Holding Acreage Bill, 2015 (Mr. Ibrahim Mwathane, LDGI Chairman); the draft Physical Planning Bill (Henry MuthokaMwau, Real Planners); and the Community Land Bill, 2015 (ShadrackOmondi, Reconcile). LDGI Chairman also took advantage of the forum with the Lands Committee to point out the conflicting areas in the Land Act, Land Registration Act and the National Land Commission Act with respect to Land Registries, the Chief Lands Registrar, Settlement Programmes and Conveyancing that are currently affecting the progress of land reforms implementation.
The Institute was thereafter involved in a plenary session to clarify issues presented to the lands committee as well as giving guidance on how best the issues would be addressed by the legislators in the law-making process.
LDGI will continually work towards influencing policies and laws to ensure they promote sustainable management of land and natural resources, and preventhurried enactment of laws to meet timelines without careful stakeholder input.