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NLC to carry out study on 483 settlement schemes

The National Land Commission (NLC) has partnered with a local and international learning institution to carry out research on land matters.

The research will be conducted on 483 settlement schemes, which occupy one per cent of Kenyan settlements schemes  in 29 counties.

Commissioner Samuel Tororei said yesterday the agency will work with the University of Nairobi, (UoN), Richmond University and the London School of Economics to help digitise and geo-reference the schemes to enhance proper land use.

The study will  focus on mentoring, training and equipping NLC researchers with technical skills coupled with expertise from various decentralised sources which would help in acquiring data retrieval to be used in Kenya and worldwide.

  The study will start in Trans Nzoia county which is the most affected with 42 settlement schemes which occupies 22 per cent of the land.

“Initially, 11,793 residents benefitted from  the land but the number has risen  to  four million people who currently occupy the land which in turn has affected farming,” he said.  Tororei was speaking  yesterday at NLC offices during the official signing of the partnership.

He said the commission has tried to get all the expertise it needs to answer the land question. “Resolving the land question is not about the convenience of the commission but peace and tranquility. If we resolve that, we will do away with 75 to 80 per cent of conflicts on lands,” he said.        – KNA

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