Institution of Surveyors of Kenya has strongly without reservations condemned the recent spate of Private land invasions and destruction of properties across the Country.
Speaking to the media at their offices, the President of the body Mr. Abraham Samoei said Institution of Surveyors attention had been drawn to the recurring invasion of property that had been taking place in different parts of the country.
“We note with concern that the invasion of land and destruction of properties which are criminal offences gaining traction in parts across the country with little or no action being taken by authorities” Said Samoei.
The President of ISK added that while the Institution strongly condemned these acts, called upon all leaders and citizens exercise utmost respect for private property which is not only protected by the constitution, but is also regarded as a right enshrined in property rights.
The President explained the importance of treating the issue of land with much care and due consideration as land in Kenya is an emotive issue. “Kenya’s history with regard to land question is characterized by indications of land administration, disparities in land ownership, tenure insecurity and conflict,” said the President.
The President added that it is due to the complex nature of land as a form of production and livelihood in Kenya that made the Kenya’s National Dialogue and Reconciliation KNDR process that was birthed after 2007-8 post-election skirmishes found it prudent to have a dedicates chapter on Land.
As a recommendation the ISK leadership, urged politicians to stop using land and private property as weapons to settle political scores instead promote peaceful coexistence among all citizens. They also demanded protection of all properties as enshrined in the bill of Rights regardless of the ownership.