Kenya: Titles of 32 grabbed school land revoked | Land Portal | Securing Land Rights Through Open Data
Author(s): 
Ramadhan Rajab
Language of the news reported: 
English

The National Land Commission has revoked title deeds held 32 schools le deeds held by private developers laying claim on their land.

Through a gazette notice, National Lands Commission chair Muhammad Swazuri revoked 1,100 titles deeds safeguarding 32 public schools and institutions whose lands hand been grabbed.

Lavington Primary in Nairobi whose land had been grabbed by the Kensom Holdings was among the beneficiaries.

"Revoked title held by Kensom Holdings LTD and allocate to CS Treasury to hold in trust for Lavington Primary School," the decision from the commission read.

Land which was acquired by government for public use in 1986 had been taken over by Revival Gospel Centre but in the gazette their church's title deed was revoked and allocated to Riruta Satelite School.

Abdulahi Sheikh who was laying claim to St Michael Primary School had his title revoked and land reverted to the school.

Eastleigh Secondary got back its two pieces of land that hand been allocated to James Mwathi and others.

In Muranga Giachuki Secondary school got back their land among other schools in the country.

A 2015 research by ShuleYangu Alliance showed 29,404 public schools in Kenya, 83 percent (24,405) did not have lease certificates and 55 percent (16,172) were not surveyed, 41 percent (12,055) were at risk of encroachment and grabbing.

"Further to this a total of 4,100 cases of public school land grabbing and contestation had been reported to the National Lands Commission by September 2016. An indication of the great vulnerability of public school land, and the land grabbers’ brazenness appetite for land. An analysis of 15 schools at risk indicated that out of the total of 105 acres grabbed from the schools resulted to a loss of seven hundred and fifty million Kenya Shillings (Sh750,000,000 / USD 7,500,000)." Irungu Houghton leader of the initiative said.

One thousand batch of titles for public schools were issued by ministry of land in partnership with NLC and Shule Yangu Alliance the initiative targets to have 2000 schools titled by December 2017.

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Photo source: The Star Kenya: The demolished gate at Lavington Primary school 22-12-2015 

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