Whose Land is it Anyway? The failure of land law reform in Kenya

August 2015
Ambreena Manji (Africa Research Institute Counterpoints)

Contains land and the Constitution of Kenya (2010), the rise and rise of the rule of law, getting technical, a grabbed land, the costs of impunity, interconnected law and justice, a challenge to the constitution, Kenya’s new land laws: timeline. Concludes that new laws have not been redistributive or transformative in a positive way. Longstanding grievances and injustices have not been addressed. Legislation has failed to curtail predatory bureaucracies which in turn have stymied reform through delaying tactics and sabotage. After adopting a progressive National Land Policy and new constitution, Kenya missed a real opportunity to enshrine in law their radical principles for land reform.