Governor Qorane Reads the Riot Act to ‘Landgatherers’
Garissa Governor Ali Qorane has warned people to stay away from ‘landgathering’ informing residents that the land beyond Garissa town’s Ring road is a government land that will soon be gazetted and asked landgatherers(those who fence off acres of land to sell at exorbitant prices) to desist from their actions. The governor promised to give away 16000 plots, equivalent to 2000 acres for free. ” We will soon Gazette the land and give for free any number of plots to whoever is capable and willing to develop it” said the governor. He reiterated his call to those who fence off land for speculative selling to stop it.
The governor had last year introduced a land policy that was said to struck fear in the hearts of landgrabbers but appears to have stalled since.
Garissa town has been for many years experiencing challenges over land ownership that has given way to a few people fencing off large acres of land to sell at exorbitant prices only to be claimed by another person losing the buyer his cash. In some locations not everyone could buy land raising ethnic tensions.
The governor’s land policy could resolve some of those perennial problems and is expected to enhance cohesion and peaceful coexistence.