NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya is fast tracking the enactment of a
compulsory land acquisition law in order to control
costs at which government acquires land for public
projects, a senior official said on Tuesday.
Secretary for Lands Jacob Kaimenyi told a business forum
in Nairobi that a number of national projects are
slowing down due to high cost of land.
law does not empower government to acquire land at fair
prices and this is affecting the pace of implementation
of projects that require huge tracts of land,” Kaimenyi
said during the launch of the World Bank Group’s Doing
Business in Kenya 2016 report.
said land speculators tend to buy land in places where
national projects are about to take place.
demand exorbitant prices for the land which the
government cannot afford,” he said.
A draft bill
has already been developed where stakeholders have given
currently before cabinet for approval. We hope to
present it to parliament in the next two months for
debate so that it is endorsed as soon as possible,”
proposes to provide alternative means for government to
pay land owners when their land is compulsorily acquired
for implementation of national projects.
will be offered land in other areas or other assets in
exchange for land,” the CS said.
law will also regulate valuation of land in order to
prevent land speculators from profiteering from mega