This blog article proposes the kind of radical out-of-the-box thinking that we must embrace if we are to equitably resolve the long-running land issue in Kenya. Failure to do so will be the death of this country, for to quote presidential candidate Hon Musalia Mudavadi, the people are getting impatient for a solution, and ‘impatient people can abandon the law’.
In recent weeks, the COalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) campaign team has chosen to make land an election issue by speaking of historical injustices. This has been seen as pointing a finger at the Jubilee coalition, whose leading lights Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto are believed to own significant tracts of land. In light of this, one of my friends posted on Facebook:
“What are these historical injustices we keep hearing about. My maternal grandfather was jailed by the colonial powers on suspicion of being pro- Mau Mau. Is this a historical injustice? Should reparations be made and by whom for these historical injustices? Methinks we are treading on very dangerous waters on this historical injustices matter.”
This is my take. It is a historical injustice for the Kenyatta family to own (it is said) half a million acres of land, all over this country (including thousands of acres…
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