Coast region against Community Land Bill say MPs

Coast region against Community Land Bill say MPs

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Gideon Mung'aro (right) is greeted by President Uhuru Kenyatta during one of the events in Mombasa in a past event. FILE/ PHOTO.

Members of Parliament from Coast region say they will unanimously vote against the community land bill when it comes for debate in Parliament.

Coast Parliamentary group Gideon Mung’aro confirmed that legislators from the region have agreed to work together in ensuring all the contentions clauses in the Bill are amended in line with the constitution.

Mung’aro said Coast MPs were in agreement with National Land Commission NLC that the bill has issues that must be addressed beforehand, urging that Coast region has suffered for long on land matters due to bad laws.

“NLC gave out its verdict on the clauses which are out to infringe on their rights as the National Land commission. Now we shall work and forge our way ahead and do the necessary amendments,” said the Kilifi North legislator.

Kaloleni MP Gunga Mwinga added that the Coast legislators have joined forces with their colleagues from the pastoral communities to ensure the bill flops before the floor of the house unless disputed clauses are amended.

The Coast MPs met with the National Land commission officials in Nairobi last week where they briefed the commission on disputed clauses they want amended or deleted all together.

“We met with the NLC chairman Dr Mohamed Swazuri and pointed out on the contentious clauses that are against the constitution,” Gunga said.

The National Land Commission had also opposed the bill and expressed fears that if passed, the bill may forestall and derail ongoing land reforms in the country.