Kenyatta Revokes Companies’ Land Titles To Stem Lamu Turmoil

Government interventions against the Banana Bacterial Wilt (BBW) have reduced the overall prevalence of the disease by half leading to an increment in banana yields from April 2013 to April 2014.

The Minister of Agriculture, drugs Hon. Tress Bucyanayandi, price told Parliament Thursday that the BBW prevalence has reduced from an average of 42 percent in April, drugs 2013 to less that 21.3 percent in April, 2014, and that Mbarara, Ntungamo and Isingiro districts had recorded incidences as low as 3 to 5 percent.

While mentioning the achievements of the interventions, the Minister said, “The yield of bananas has increased from an average of 6.4 tons per acre in April 2013 to average 7.8 tons per are in April, 2014.”

On the outbreak of banana wilt disease in the country, Museveni held a series of meeting with leaders to lecture them on how to combat the disease.

In a dialogue with local leaders in Busoga sub-region, Museveni cited one of the most effective measures as ensuring that garden tools used on BBW-affected plants are not used on other plants unless disinfected.

“This disease is similar to HIV/AIDS in human beings; it is spread when farm tools used for cutting infected plants are used to cut uninfected plants. Once it attacks the banana plants, it makes them rot and ooze a nasty smell, causing the suckers to smell like pus from human wounds but there are three methods that you can use in controlling this disease.

“Do not move cutting tools and infected plant parts to other gardens, cut, heap or bury infected plants in the same plantation, flame farm tools in fire or clean them with Jik,” Museveni advised.

In Parliament, Bucyanayandi said the Ministry of Agriculture had committed Shs 4.27b towards the control of the disease – which was used in workshops, printing of BBW Control trainers’ manuals, control awareness materials and radio messages.


Members said there was need for research in order to get disease resistant banana varieties. They also wondered how farming would prosper with no agricultural extension workers to provide information to farmers about agriculture. Members were also unhappy that a lot of funds were spent on workshops and training.

The Minister further pointed out that 61 districts were supported and guided on formulation of by- laws and funds were also disbursed to support local governments to control BBW.

He explained that of the 63 districts monitored, 37 had by-laws in place, with Mayuge, Kiboga, Iganga and Jinja not having them yet.

The Minister, however, said that there is need to support the new banana growing areas in Northern Uganda such that it is done correctly.

He also said that government has been trying out extension systems since the early 1990s; and has now taken a decision to implement a unified extension system, with the recruitment, at sub county level, of an Agricultural Officer, Veterinary Officer, Fisheries Officer (in areas with water bodies) and an Entomologist (where there is need for disease control).
Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered the revocation of titles deeds to nearly 500, approved 000 acres of land in Lamu County, pill which he said was acquired fraudulently.

He directed Land Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu and the National Lands Commission to repossess land parcels allocated to 22 private entities.

In a televised statement to the Nation, case President Kenyatta also instructed the Inspector General of Police, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and the Criminal Investigation Department to immediately commence investigations with a view to bringing to account all persons who were involved in dubious land allocation in Lamu County.

“This criminal conspiracy has dispossessed individuals and families living in this region of their land and opportunities for improving their wellbeing. It has also helped fuel the current insecurity being experienced in the region, and frustrated our efforts in building cohesion in the country,” the President said.

The remarks follow a string of terror attacks in the coastal town in which scores have been killed by radicalised extremist militants.

“For far too long this pattern of mismanagement of our public resources has resulted in the dispossession, strife and poverty of Kenyans. The level of impunity revealed by the audit is unprecedented, untenable and unacceptable,” said the President, who had earlier revealed the audit results and his planned action to more than 100 Lamu political and religious leaders, including Governor Issa Timamy.

The companies whose title deeds were revoked are Brick Investment Limited, Rusken International Limited, Mat International, Witu Nyangoro Ranch (DA) Company, Shangai Investments Limited, Fincorp Investments (K) Limited, Kaab Investments, Sheila Ranch limited, Dynamic Trading Co. Limited, Savannah Fresh Fruits Exports and Mokowe Kibokoni Ranch Limited.

Others are Panda Nguo Boni Community, Baragoni Boni Community, Khalrala Ranch, Cyberdom Investments, Baragoni Ranch; Enganani Ranch; Lamu Investments; Amu Ranch and Maalim Ranch.

He said a comprehensive land audit done by the Government revealed shocking details in which between 2011 and 2012 almost 500,000 acres of public land was alienated under dubious and corrupt circumstances.

“While a few used illegal means for their own gain, the many thousands of families living in this County occupy only 30 percent of the land available forsettlement and production,” President Kenyatta said.

“The level of impunity revealed by the audit is unprecedented, untenable and unacceptable,” the President emphasized.

He added that land transactions in Lamu were not done in accordance to the principles underpinning land management in the Constitution of Kenya nor the laws regulating public land alienation at the time.


President Kenyatta pledged Government’s commitment to securing the dignity, wellbeing and property of every Kenyan without fear or favor.

He said the Jubilee’s Government transformative agenda will not be derailed or delayed “by acts of few selfish individuals”, adding that the massive $24 billion LAPSSET project will be implemented timely as planned.

Earlier President Kenyatta held lengthy discussions with Lamu county leaders led by Governor Issa Timamy.

During their discussions the leaders agreed with the decision taken by the President to revoke title deeds in the County.

By James Mwambai

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