BBI team cannot close eyes to unanswered questions on land
SEE ALSO :GEMA’s views of the BBIThe only obvious justification for such a grave and deliberate omission must be that the authors did not want to ruffle the feathers of their appointing godfathers. They wanted to present a very sanitised and safe report. In other words, this report was intended for the most part to maintain the status quo and keep wananchi occupied while nothing of substance would really change. When the political class praised the proposed reforms, you can be assured that they see the BBI as a means to consolidate and reinforce their power, not surrender it. When the rest speak of real change, the elites get worried and conspire to silence you. Just in case you suffer from amnesia, the Ndung'u Report revealed that there are 200,000 illegally acquired land titles, whose acreage totals over a million in the hands of thieves. How many of those has the National Land Commission or the EACC repossessed? Advocates of real change should be very angry because the BBI was designed to maintain, not challenge or restrain, the ruling class. This was further evidenced by the decision of two senators and one MP to represent Mike Sonko in court and renege on their sworn constitutional promise to protect the public interest and play their oversight role. That they would attempt to justify their decision just added insult to injury. Perhaps it should not come as a surprise then that the BBI team chose to avoid the sensitive issue of land since members of the ruling class are the principal beneficiaries of the land grabbing culture. But avoidance will not bring resolution and they cannot close their eyes to these unanswered questions: Why are 56 per cent of Nairobi residents still living in slums, 56 years after independence? How can absentee landlords collect rent on land in the Coast and the NLC stands idly by? Why have no efforts been made to implement the Community Land Act, as well connected individuals still hive off huge tracts for themselves? What are recommendations for sharing benefits of county natural resources? Most conflicts in this country have had their roots in the land question. Land and resources are a sitting time bomb that can explode anytime. What is that about Nero fiddling as Rome burned? - Gabriel Dolan [email protected] @GabrielDolan1
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