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Isiolo MPs drop hard stance on community land registration

By The Frontier Post Reporter

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Five Isiolo MPs, who had for more than one year differed with the county government over community land registration, have taken an about-turn and agreed to work with the devolved unit in speeding up the process.

Senator Fatuma Dullo, Woman Representative Rehema Jaldesa, Nominated Senator Abshiro Halake and Isiolo North MP Hassan Odha and his South counterpart Abdi Koropu previously opposed two Legal notices (the initial LN 150 of 2019 and the amended one) on ground that there was no adequate public participation before issuance of the schedules.

The legislators demanded that the schedules, that excluded Resort City, Isiolo Township, Kenya Defence Forces School of Infantry and Combat Engineering (SOCE), Lapsset Corridor route and National Reserves, be revoked and the process done afresh in line with Community Land Act 2016.

Mr Odha revealed that the group had come into terms with the county government, a move that will allow the process, which had been blocked by courts following appeals by some of the residents, continue.

The legislator said together with his colleagues, they had sat down with the county government and agreed on the need to fast-track land registration exercise.

“We have agreed as leaders that we shall work with the Ministry of Land to ensure the registration process is completed. The process has already started” said the MP.

Mr Odha, who said he spoke on behalf of the four other MPs, did not reveal whether the concerns they had earlier shared had been considered.

He said the leaders also agreed that anything related to land use including creation of conservancies to wait until the land is registered.

“We as leaders including MCAs, Governor, MPs and former leaders have unanimously agreed that our land must be registered and there is no conflict on that,” MP Odha said.

He added “Anyone who is spreading rumours over court case stopping the exercise in unfounded and null and void. The Ministry of Lands has no excuse. We (leaders) are reading from the same script and speaking in same language and our community land must be registered as soon as possible”.

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