Support for policy action against Kenya’s elite land grabs

Since the 1980s, land has become a currency of political patronage among Kenya’s elites. By means of processes that abuse public office and existing legal mechanisms, large tracts of public land have been illegally or irregularly allocated.
These allocations have serious impacts on public finances, development opportunities, land availability, and land pricing. Furthermore, given Kenya’s political fragility following the 2007 post-election violence, the need to respond to land grabbing is all the more pressing, to restore confidence in the country’s land allocation procedures, to regain the public land needed for development and bona fide investment, and to redress the grievances of segments of society who have been continuously denied access to land.

Erin O’Brien