A Bill seeking to protect public institutions from land grabbers is headed for debate after the Parliamentary Budget Committee approved it, Ruiru MP Simon King’ara has revealed.
The bill that aims at compelling the government to issue title deeds to all identified public institutions across the country was drafted by the legislator following escalated cases of public land grabbing by private developers.
Speaking during a Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura) projects public participation in Kahawa Sukari, the MP who was accompanied by central region Kura deputy director Jacinta Mwangi said that lack of the vital land documents had exposed many public institutions to land grabbing in the recent past.
King’ara regretted that currently, over 70 per cent of public institutions across the country including the very old ones were at risk of encroachment and being grabbed while 15 per cent of learning institutions had filed land grabbing cases in court.
The bill is headed for debate after review by parliamentary budget committee and I am appealing to my colleagues in parliament to support it so that we permanently deal with the insatiable appetite for public land displayed by some private developers, he said.
King’ara revealed that most donors were not willing to support institutions without the crucial document making it hard for stakeholders in the education sector to operate.
The legislator, who is a member of Parliamentary Lands Committee, said that the government would forcefully evict grabbers from public land if they failed to surrender the same to the government voluntarily.
He said that Ruiru was experiencing an alarming shortage of education facilities lamenting that on average, a class in most Ruiru primary and secondary schools accommodated over 170 students against the nationally set standard of 50.
Despite the challenge, finding a land to put up a school in this area is close to impossible as almost all public land has been grabbed, he said.
Source: Kenya News Agency