At the National Assembly, a bill was introduced to restrict the size of land each individual citizen of Kenya may possess.
On Wednesday, Ferdinand Wanyonyi, a lawmaker from Kenya Kwanza, introduced a resolution proposing that the government set limits on the smallest and largest parcels of land that might be owned privately.
According to Wanyonyi, excessive land segmentation into unproductive units has been caused by high population growth and an increase in the demand for land.
“To prevent the famine and starvation we are now facing, we should improve food production in Kenya,” the statement reads.
One of the ideas in his motion is that government-funded educational institutions like universities and national schools should not own huge plots of land.
“They need to build vertically rather than horizontally. Their structures need to be erected vertically. The unused area needs to be utilized for growing food,” said Wanyonyi.
In accordance with Article 68(c)(i) of the Constitution and Section159 of the Land Act of 2012, the lawmaker requests that the government ensure that the provisions of the Constitution be followed.
The legislature has the authority to set minimum and maximum acreages for private ownership under Article 68(i) of the Constitution.
After the legislation is drafted and put into effect, ownership limits will be enforced.