Join us in supporting the implementation of Kenya's Community Land Act

On Wednesday, July 24, eleven communities from Isiolo, Kajiado, Laikipia, Tana River, and Turkana counties that walked to Kenya walked to the Ministry of Lands on July 24 to submit their forms for recognition of their claim to land. These communities were the first people to attempt to register their land using the Community Land Act (2016). Each community used a legal empowerment approach to meet the requirements of the law, drafted local bylaws for land governance, elected inclusive Community Land Management Committees, and created evidence of the land they are claiming.

Unfortunately, the Ministry of Lands has not yet appointed community land registrars to facilitate the community land registration in counties. Additionally, the Ministry, in partnership with county governments, are yet to develop an inventory of all community lands in Kenya and roll out a public awareness programme on the law. This has left an estimated 3.5 million people unable to register their communal lands, covering roughly 390,000 square kilometers, or 67% of Kenya’s total landmass.

The events on July 24th indicate that a number of communities in Kenya have met all the requirements of the Community Land Act and are ready to have their land registered. The communities have done their part – it is now time for the Ministry to do its part.

Join us in supporting these communities by signing a petition that the Ministry of Lands processes these applications and deploys the systems and personnel needed to implement the law across Kenya.

We are looking for as many signatures as possible, from civil society organizations to communities themselves. It will be promoted in the media, and sent to the Ministry of Lands, National Lands Commission, Office of the Vice President, Office of the Deputy President, and several of Kenya’s major development partners.

Our demands are simple - and already required by law.

Specifically, we demand that the Ministry of Lands, under the leadership of the Cabinet Secretary, does the following:

  • Immediately gazette and deploy Community Land Registration Units in accordance with the Land Registration Act of 2012.
  • Appoint, train, and deploy Community Land Registrars to each of the Community Land Registration Units to facilitate the processing of community land claims.
  • Implement the legally mandated national public awareness programme on the Community Land Act.
  • Provide detailed guidance to county governments on the legally managed submission of community land inventories for each county.
  • Process the submitted applications from the 11 communities in a timely manner.

Please join us in solidarity with the eleven communities that submitted their registration and the thousands of other communities whose land rights are at risk because of the delayed implementation of the Community Land Act.

Click here to add your signature

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Hello,

Kindly let me know how I can assist. I’m based in Nairobi.

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Hi Emmaqulate,

Thank you so much for reaching out. We look forward to having as many organisations and groups sign the petition asking the Ministry of Lands to implement the Community Land law and secure tenure rights for a majority of communities.

Kindly share the petition link and lets have as many people as possible sign it.

Regards, Eileen

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The reluctance of the Kenyan government to implement the 2012 community registration act makes me question whether ‘demanding’ that they implement the process is the most appropriate way forward. Surely the act was developed on the basis that recognising community rights generated better outcomes for all stakeholders. It may be necessary to revisit the underlying principles with government once again to highlight the positive advantages that implementation offers - secure society, better governance, simplified administration, de-risking investment through data and transparent business reforms etc etc - because I suspect that few of the current legislators are (a) familiar with your vision and (b) likely to respond positively to a petition demanding change.

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Reminder: Join us in supporting the implementation of Kenya’s Community Land Act

With only a few days left before we close the petition supporting the implementation of Community Land Act in Kenya, we call on you to sign on the petition and support securing land for millions of Kenyans. The law and its regulations provide clear timelines with which the Ministry of Lands must put in place the necessary personnel and structure to register community lands. This, as earlier shared, is yet to be done.

Community lands are at risk of subdivision and land grabs from elites, foreign and local companies among others. Major infrastructural projects continue to happen with little or no compensation to communities living on unregistered community land. The lives and livelihoods of these communities depend entirely on their land; thus, the need to move with speed and support them demand for the timely registration of their land as provided for in the Community Land Act, 2016.

By signing the petition below, you add your voice in supporting communities secure their land and their livelihoods. Join us if you are yet to do so in asking the Ministry of Lands to:

  • Immediately gazette and deploy Community Land Registration Units in accordance with the Land Registration Act of 2012.
  • Appoint, train, and deploy Community Land Registrars to each of the Community Land Registration Units to facilitate the processing of community land claims.
  • Implement the legally mandated national public awareness programme on the Community Land Act.
  • Provide detailed guidance to county governments on the legally managed submission of community land inventories for each county.
  • Process the submitted applications from the 11 communities in a timely manner.

Time is of the essence. Be counted. Sign the petition here

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