Kajiado will host this year’s second National Arid and Semi-Arid Conference which brings together 29 pastoralist counties.
In a speech read out by his deputy, Martin Moshisho, Governor Joseph Lenku said the event which is domiciled at the Ministry of Devolution, will be held in the Amboseli National Park, in the next three months.
The annual event was first inaugurated by the Ministry of Devolution, Arid and Semi-Arid Lands in partnership with UNDP to create a platform for prioritization and the realigning of the ASALs development agenda.
The agenda is to accelerate social, economic and cultural development in the country’s pastoralist regions.
Governor Lenku said his county had formalised formation of an economic bloc with Narok for purposes of trading on their resources locally and abroad.
The objective of the conference, Lenku said in his speech, is to take stock of opportunities, challenges and progress to inform the development of the ASALs and also strengthen their coordination.
He said land remains the single most unifying factor that led to the uprising against the colonialists.
“56 years later, we are yet to crack all the challenges that emanate from land ownership. Due to its productivity and limitless opportunities, Kajiado County experiences a huge demand for land,” Lenku said.
The governor said the county’s proximity to Nairobi City, has only stretched demand, with land tenure challenges transcending both the rural and urban areas.
“Our Department of Lands is seized of the dire need to streamline land ownership disputes especially in our fast-growing urban centres,” he said.
Hundreds of families, he said, are languishing in poverty due to long winding land court cases,
and that the county has vowed not to sit back and watch some unscrupulous characters manufacture land disputes at the expense of poor families.
“To mitigate this, we partnered with the National Land Commission (NLC) to form the County Land Dispute Resolution Committee.
This committee offers a platform to all residents to solve land disputes without necessarily clogging our courts,” said the governor.
So far, he said, 499 disputes have so far been submitted to the committee with Noonkopir and Namanga recording the highest at 148 and 109 cases respectively.
In his personal comment, Moshisho expressed concern over the rising cases of human/wildlife conflicts and sent his condolences to two families in Masimba and Kilinyeti areas where two people were killed by elephants.
Moshisho appealed to KWS to provide information to residents living in risky areas about the movement of wildlife.