× Digital News Videos Africa Health & Science Opinion Columnists Education Lifestyle Cartoons Moi Cabinets Arts & Culture Gender Planet Action Podcasts E-Paper Tributes Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise VAS E-Learning Digger Classified Jobs Games Crosswords Sudoku The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS


Nyachae warns against gagging debate on land

By - | Feb 7th 2013 | 2 min read


Kisii, Kenya: Presidential candidates cannot be gagged from discussing land issues during their campaigns, Constitution Implementation Commission (CIC) chairman Charles Nyachae has said.

Quoting Press reports attributed to National Cohesion and Integration Commision (NCIC) chairman Mzalendo Kibunja and Inspector General of Police David Kimayio asking presidential aspirants to avoid land matters in their campaigns, Mr Nyachae said the caveats were unconstitutional.

Addressing a press conference in Kisii Wednesday, Nyachae said politicians were free to make land issues their subject matter in their campaigns.

 ?It is a legitimate political right of those campaigning to discuss issues touching on the Constitution - land included,” he said.

He warned against outlawing talk on land matters on grounds of being sensitive or emotive, adding that unemployment and integrity were equally critical matters but politicians were yet to be barred from highlighting them in the campaigns.

The chair said what should be of concern to the authorities is the manner in which the discussions are made, but so far nobody had violated the law.

It is completely unacceptable for anybody to seek to delegitimise land issues during this electioneering period,” he warned.

Nyachae said the utterances by NCIC and IGP were tantamount to creating problems where there was none. “This would greatly undermine the democratic process and fundamental rights as enshrined in the Constitution.”

In recent days, presidential campaigns have been charged with Cord presidential candidate, Prime Minister Raila Odinga hitting at his Jubilee competitor, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta over land reforms.

Raila and his partners in CORD including his running mate, Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka and Trade Minister Moses Wetangula have maintained Uhuru cannot be entrusted with initiating and implementing land reforms in the country due to perceived personal conflict.

But in response, Uhuru has challenged Raila to table evidence that he owns large chunks of land in the country.

Kimaiyo had warned that land ownership is a highly emotive issue and was linked to the 2008 post-eelction violence.

Share this story
Uhuru, Ruto integrity case ruling due next week
Eyes will be on the Judiciary as it delivers a historic ruling in the next one week over whether or not Jubilee presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate William Ruto can vie for the March 4 General Election.
When Njonjo almost resigned over coffee smugglers
Known as the era of black gold, it began in 1976 when Ugandan farmers decided to sell their coffee in the private market.