Senator Dullo cautions against plan to privatize land in Isiolo

Senator Dullo cautions against plan to privatize land in Isiolo

Isiolo County Senator has raised a red flag over the Governments’ plan to privatize community land in Isiolo. The government through the CS Land had earlier released a legal notice setting up different parts of Isiolo for adjudication. The legal notice according to the Senator is a deliberate plan by the Government to take away communal land from the hands of the people and hand it over to private individuals knowing very clearly that land in Isiolo is Communal. ” By opening up communal land to adjudication and ownership by private persons, the Legal Notice exposes community land in Isiolo County to land grabbing by individuals to the detriment of communities in Isiolo, ” notes Senator Dullo.

Last week Isiolo leaders (from both houses) presented their petition to CS Land over the controversial legal notice issued by her office. The leaders called for immediate cancellation of the notice terming it as an ill-advised move that will cause more harm to the residents of Isiolo. Senator Dullo has categorically called on complete revocation of the legal notice a ground supported by Hon. Rehema Jaldesa, Hon. Abdi Koropu as well Hon. Hassan Odha. In her view, the ongoing survey and demarcation of Land in Isiolo cannot be undertaken until all land dispute issues are resolved. Currently, Burat residents are in court contesting against the illegal occupation of their communal land by the Kenya Defence Force and the court has already issued a court order stopping KDF from forcefully evicting the residents of these areas.

The Senator has called for an orderly process where all communities, residents and other stakeholders are adequately consulted through an open and transparent manner in a bid to seek their approval before any adjudication process is undertaken.