Land Issue in Kenya: Correcting Online Lies

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Land Issue in Kenya: Correcting Online Lies

Post by tana » Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:36 am

There were 3 older workers in the school I attended who had bought themselves pieces of land, between 3-5 acres. They had bought the farms years earlier in the 1970s. One was a cook, the other was a watchman, and the third was the school driver.

Their stories were known by almost all students. Mind you, these were the ones whose personal details were known by the students. Maybe there were other workers at the school who had also bought land.

What is important to note is that these were people earning around the minimum wage.

One thing that was common among these 3 gentlemen is that they were all known to be quite frugal - for instance, they all owned bicycles, and as much as we students could tell, they appeared to be the kind of people who could go for years without using public transport (i.e. minimum expenses).

All 3 gentlemen were semi-literate. It is important to note that these kind of people didn’t even have bank accounts those days - their banks was under the mattress, or similar place.

Therefore, they saved enough money, and later used it to buy land. Cash. While earning minimum wage.

Now, if a person earning minimum wage in the 1960s and 1970s could afford to buy land, what about people who had higher paying jobs? What about people who knew about banking, operated a bank account, and therefore could get a loan to buy land?

The point I am making is that, from my experiences, from stories of people I know, during the 1960s and 70s, any Kenyan - small scale farmer, small business owner, nurse, bus driver, watchman…- could afford to buy land, IF IT WAS HIS TOP PRIORITY.

Anyone disagreeing with me here, DO NOT depend on books/online articles…interview people who were adults those days (anyone over 70 now). I would be very happy to read an article based on an interview of a Kenyan who was a small scale farmer, small business owner, nurse, bus driver, watchman (i.e. had an income), and couldn’t afford to buy land in the 1960s/70s IF IT WAS HIS TOP PRIORITY.

My position is that no such person exists/existed.

What if someone says they didn’t have a job then, and they didn’t have land, therefore they couldn’t farm, hence they couldn’t have an income? Even today in Kenya, you don’t have to own land to farm.

I personally know many people who started by working on other peoples’ farms, graduated to leasing land to farm, and finally graduated to owning land.

Okay. So, everyone could afford to buy land. But some ended up with thousands of acres!

Land Sizes

If someone told you he wants to leave Kenya next week, and he is ready to sell his property worth KES 5 million at KES 200K as long as it is cash, would you be a good Kenyan and announce to everyone about it?

Or, would you go looking to borrow money from all possible sources and buy the property? It is called capitalism.

Do you think capitalism is bad, and you are a good person who doesn’t like capitalism?

How much do you earn per month? More than KES 30K? Do you know that the average Kenyan earns less than 10K per month? What have you done about that?

If we consider the size of Kenya, subtract the areas occupied by forests, game parks, roads, schools, mountains, lakes etc. and divide the land equally among all Kenyans, then each person would receive about 1 acre.

Do you own 2 acres, and feel a person who owns 2000 acres should share it with you? Well, the person who owns 0 acres thinks you should share your 2 acres with him…

That is why there is no place in the world where there is fair wealth distribution (including land distribution). Only in socialist countries i.e. countries where the government owns all the land (and even there, many citizens would tell you some are more equal than other).

Solution to (Major) Land Issues in Kenya

My own family was dispossessed of all land during the colonial period. Was that fair? Absolutely not.

However, I know that my family did not own that land 1,000 years ago.

The point I am making is that from time to time, societies have to sit down and analyse situations based on prevailing circumstances.

I suggest that Kenya should enact a law stating that any land over 100 acres CANNOT be subdivided without authority from National Land Commission (or similar body).

The NLC (or similar body) would be guided by clear guidelines as to reasons allowing land subdivision for parcels 100 acres or more: e.g. for building public amenities, expansion of cities/towns etc.

Therefore, if a person has a farm of 100 acres or more, and wants to subdivide it to his 5 children, he cannot do so. However, he can sell the land to a single buyer (individual/company) and divide the money among his children, who can then buy smaller parcels of land elsewhere, or invest in whatever way they wish.

Apart from safeguarding food security, this law will eliminate the issue of incitement, whereby people are told that if they chase Mr X away, they will subdivide his land among themselves. Note that, the politicians who incite villagers to invade other peoples’ land because they are “foreigners”, do not do so because of altruistic reasons.

They know that if the eviction were to succeed, they would be able to allocate their own relatives significant sections of that land, to hold it on the politicians’ behalf. The peasants would be the losers.

But, with the banning of subdivision of large estates, incitement wouldn’t work. If, however, politicians in a certain county feel that a certain “foreign” land owner should let a local own the farm, all they have to do is invite all tycoons from that county to a meeting, and request one of them to buy the farm (there is no county in Kenya without some rich persons).

If none of the tycoons wants to buy the farm, then the politicians should consider themselves stupid.

If however, one tycoon agrees to buy the farm owned by the “foreigner”, but cannot afford the asking price, the politicians can organise a harambee for local people to top up the remaining amount.

If local people refuse to participate in that harambee, then the politicians should consider themselves to be both stupid and myopic.

Eliminating Poverty

Subdivision of large farms would lead to less food in the country, and more poverty. Subdivision of large ranches would mean less employment opportunities.

In the case of places where people keep plenty of cattle, and feel that if neighbouring ranches were given to them, then it would rain honey, they are very mistaken. The problem they have is caused by BAD land management, not lack of land.

Have they tried planting/storing fodder to feed their cattle during drought? No? Why? What is the county government doing about that? By the way, I believe creation of counties is one of the best constitutional amendments in Kenya ever.

If the biggest problem in a county is lack of water, they can concentrate on solving that problem. If its lack of seeds, same case. If it is lack of animal feed, the county should be able to help solve that problem if they wanted.

Providing affordable housing is one of the best ways to tackle poverty. The national government housing policy is great. Counties also need to chip in and build a certain number of apartments/houses per year for the most needy in the county.

There is currently a monthly stipend paid to the elderly and the disabled. Counties should now provide some stipend to the extremely poor in their county. I know that there are some counties that already provide food to the very poor. Congratulations.

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Land Issue in Kenya: Correcting Online Lies

Post by tana » Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:45 am

I personally know someone who was given free land by the government somewhere in Nyandarua county in the 1970s. Yes, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s government settled thousands of displaced people in the 1960s and 70s. You didn’t know about this? It is because of the online anti-Jomo Kenyatta propaganda pushed by THE GLOBAL BIGSHOTS.

Of course, only a relatively small percentage of the landless could be given free land. My family was among the majority that did not get free land.

Back to the villager I knew who was given free land by the government in Nyandarua county. This gentleman lived there for only a short period of time, before selling that land at a throw-away price (since very few people were willing to spend even a shilling buying “worthless” land there). Reason? He said the place was too cold and also too remote.

Anyone interested in this topic can do a quick research to find out how much an acre of land in the remote parts of Nyandarua was worth circa 1970. One goat could buy 2 acres? 5 acres?

I would prefer that the price of an acre of land then, was given in terms of number of goats required to buy the land, so that we can make a good comparison with the present.

Note that those places that some people did not want to settle then, now the land there is worth a premium.

I also know another person working a low paying job in Nairobi and bought land in Maai Mahiu - about 60 Kilometres from Nairobi - around 1970. The land then in that area was extremely cheap. Anyone can confirm from older people from that area.

An acre in Maai Mahiu was worth 2 goats? 3 goats, circa 1970?

In the early 1980s, this Nairobi gentleman built a house on the Maai Mahiu farm, and wanted the family to move there. His entire family refused. Reason? They said the place was too remote.

I have seen very many articles online written in such a way as to suggest some people grabbed all the land, leaving others landless. As you can see from this thread, that is an outright lie. There was land available for buying, at very cheap prices.

Ask people who were adults around 1970, and they will tell you that there were very many people who couldn’t buy very cheaply-valued land a mere 60 Kilometres from their home - even if they could afford it - because it was “too far away”, or “too remote”.

The problem is that, since the lies about land issues in Kenya are given prominence by the search engines and social media platforms, Kenyans born in the 1990s take them as fact.

The reality is that, many of the farms Kenyans consider as prime land nowadays, was considered as useless wasteland 50 years ago. The people who “saw ahead”, bought those “remote” parcels of land at a pittance.

These stories need to be told, because the online lies about Kenya are meant to create hate and resentment among Kenyans.

When people are continuously fed lies, and made to hate others based on those lies, they can easily be incited to fight among themselves. This is what happened in 2008, leading to the death of more than 1,000 Kenyan peasants. Note: not a single politician (e.g. MCA, MP) or election official died during the violence of 2008.

By the way, the election was just the trigger, not the cause of the violence.

About Kenya Freedom Fighters allegedly ignored by Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s government. I do not know of a single person, among the top Freedom Fighters, who was “ignored” or “betrayed” by the Kenyan government after independence.

Yet, this FAKE NEWS is so prominent online that I have even seen non-Kenyans stating it as fact. Here, I must congratulate THE GLOBAL BIGSHOTS for a job well done. Changing a peoples’ history, and making millions to believe it, is no mean achievement.

The real stories of the top Freedom Fighters allegedly ignored by Kenya government after independence, goes like this: The General was given 40 - 100 acres FREE by the government in the 1960s.

He later divides it among his children. Let us say he has 7 children. Each child receives, say, 8 acres. These children are now old people. They divided the land among their children. How much land will each of these children receive?

Therefore, you will see these grandchildren and say, “their grandfather was neglected by the government…”

NOTE: Even if you are given a lot of money, if your children do not become economically independent when they attain adulthood, and depend solely on you, then that money will get depleted real quick.

I believe Mzee Jomo Kenyatta was an extremely wise man (Of course, he had his flaws like everybody else).

Consider the following: Most of the war in the country in the 1950s (and displacement of people) was concentrated in Central Kenya. If Mzee Kenyatta’s government had decided to settle all the displaced persons, or pay all the Freedom Fighters (significant percentage of the people of Central Kenya), it would have meant that almost the whole of Kenya’s budget would have been used for the benefit of only the people of Central Kenya.

How would other Kenyans have felt? Would Kenya have survived?

If a Kenyan born in the 1990s reads this article, I hope he/she can ask his/her father/grandfather or any other relative who was an adult around 1970: “I have read somewhere that you could have bought an acre of land at certain places in Kenya in 1970 at the price of a goat. Is it true? Why didn’t you buy a few acres then?”

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Land Issue in Kenya: Correcting Online Lies

Post by tana » Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:43 am

The issue of land grabbing in Kenya is actually a very straightforward matter. But because THE GLOBAL BIGSHOTS don’t wish Kenya well, they have, over the past 20 years or so, promoted Kenyans and “Kenyan” websites who deliberately muddle up this issue, and use their “alternative facts” to settle political scores.

Kenyans, and Kenyan websites, that report this land issue correctly are automatically shadow banned by the search engines and social media platforms that are owned/controlled by THE GLOBAL BIGSHOTS.

Contrary to what the THE GLOBAL BIGSHOTS-allied Kenyans and top-ranked “Kenyan” websites claim - and this FAKE NEWS has been pushed so hard by THE GLOBAL BIGSHOTS till many Kenyans believe it - most of Kenya’s land grabbing happened in the 1990s. And it was prevalent across the political divide.

“Parts of Karura Forest in Nairobi were grabbed between 1994 and 1999 by Kanu bigwigs who shared an estimated 2,000 acres of public land and sold it to private companies, triggering an environmental war with Greenbelt Movement leader, Prof Wangari Maathai, whose determination to save the forest saw her win the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize.” ... index.html

This is how it was done: The board of management of a school/college note that the school/college only utilises, say, 50 acres out of the 120 acres that it owns. They sit down with the local MP, councillor (current MCA), chief etc.

They decide to hive off the unused 70 acres for themselves.

Who would complain that school/college land has been grabbed, when all “opinion leaders” in that area have been “taken care of”? After subdividing the land among themselves, they would then sell it to other greedy people, who would be aware that it is grabbed land, but since it is being sold cheap…

When the school/college seeks to expand, the new management realises there is no room for expansion.

This is how forests, agricultural research farms, sports stadiums, cemeteries, roads…were grabbed. Yes, even roads were grabbed in the 1990s. I know of a road I had used many times, only to one day find it fenced off and turned into a cul-de-sac.

These are public lands that can be recovered easily because the purported owners do not have genuine title deeds.

A Kenyan born in the 1990s would be shocked if he ever read this article. No wonder this forum is censored online.

How can such important information not appear on any top-ranked Kenyan website? How come all Kenyan social media “influencers” do not know about this, if it was so prevalent less than 30 years ago?

It is called RIGGING - of search results. Who is capable of doing that? ONLY THE GLOBAL BIGSHOTS.

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Land Issue in Kenya: Correcting Online Lies

Post by tana » Sun Sep 08, 2019 3:43 am

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“For Ms Martha Keter, 63, a retired teacher who invested all her pension to buy land in Maasai Mau, moving out of the forest is the most painful experience in her life.”

“My husband and I sold everything and bought this 63 acres of land from Ole Ntutu family and it is painful I am leaving after being declared an illegal squatter,” said Ms Keter a former Ndaraweta Girls Secondary School principal in Bomet County in 2016.

“She said she bought the land from Sisiyian ranch, which is owned by the ole Ntutu family, in 2002.”

I notice that the Daily Nation has not said how much Ms Keter and her husband paid for the land. What is known is that only a millionaire could have afforded to buy 63 acres of extremely fertile land in that area (Central Rift Valley), LEGALLY, with a “CLEAN TITLE”, in 2002.

If someone offers to sell you land at sh 30K per acre, in an area where land goes at sh 150K per acre, shouldn’t you become suspicious?

Ms Keter’s family were conned. They should pursue the person who sold them the land, and take him to court. That person is the one who should compensate them.

Unfortunately, Ms Keter’s case is not unique. There are many people who have been sold forest land, road reserves etc. at very low prices (of course).

The people who have ILLEGALLY settled in Mau Forest over the years, have been misused by politicians looking for their votes. Very sad situation.

This time, the government must take back ALL grabbed forest land in Maasai Mau, and other places, too. In future, Kenyans will know that, even if politicians purport to guarantee you protection if you occupy forest (or any other government) land, a time will come when you will be evicted.

This will bring to an end the land grabbing corruption.

NB: Quite sad to see some politicians arguing like it is the first time people are being evicted from government forests (or other government lands), while this is something that has happened all over the country, over the years.

Change of Culture: Kenyans will continue to be conned, as long as they latch onto the false belief that every person must own a farm (This is impossible, anywhere in the world).

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Post by tana » Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:38 am

COMMON ONLINE LIE: Kikuyus settled in the former Rift Valley Province because their ancestral lands in the former Central Province were grabbed by the elite after independence.

TRUTH: Did some well-connected elite grab land after independence? Absolutely. But that is not the main reason Kikuyus are found in Rift Valley. The main reasons there are many Kikuyus in the Rift Valley are:

1. There were already many Kikuyus living in the Rift Valley before independence. As early as around 1900, there were many Kikuyus living and working in places like the current Nakuru, Uasin Gishu, Baringo and Trans Nzoia Counties.

By the time Kenya got independence in 1963, there were 3rd, 4th generation Kikuyus living in the Rift Valley already. Many couldn’t even identify the villages in Central Province where their ancestors came from.

Where were they expected to settle after independence?

It is a well-known fact that former President Daniel arap Moi, born in 1924, is fluent in Kikuyu. How did Mr Moi learn Kikuyu? Because there were many Kikuyus where he was born and grew up (Baringo).

2. Generally, on average, land in Central Province has always been more expensive than other places in Kenya. This is due to various factors, including proximity to Nairobi. Many Kikuyus have bought land, and continue to buy land, in the Rift Valley, because of its availability, and relatively low price.

Many Kikuyus have sold their small parcels of land in Central Province, and used the money to buy bigger lands in the Rift Valley. This is not unique to Kikuyus though. Many Kisiis, Luhyas, and others have also done the same.

This is the truth, that if you wrote it on social media, you would automatically be shadow banned. And if you wrote it on your blog, search engines would shadow ban it. Therefore, it is clear who is behind the lies about land issues in Kenya.

Did you know that, as recently as 25 years ago, you could buy an acre of land in certain parts of Kiambu County for as low as sh 100K? You didn’t know?


If in doubt, go and ask Kiambu natives: Is it true that there are parts of Kiambu County where you could buy an acre of land for as low as sh 100K only 25 years ago?

This is not speculation. It is something I know 100%. I even know people who bought land at that price.


The lands above are now worth probably sh 1 Million per acre or more.

I have discovered that, if you know the above information, and the GLOBAL MAFIA know about it, they automatically label you an enemy. If they had given you a scholarship, they will find a way to withdraw it. If they had given you a good job, they will find a way to sack you.

They could even kill you for knowing about the info above, and going ahead to publish it. That is how hard the GLOBAL MAFIA has worked to mislead Kenyans about land issues and other Kenyan matters.

MOTIVE: To create hate among Kenyans. This makes it easy to conquer the country, when citizens hate one another, and when people have been manipulated to believe truth is lies, and lies are truth.

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Post by tana » Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:29 am

Not too long ago, a sitting MP said something to the effect:”My grandfather owned ONLY 5 acres. He subdivided the land to his sons. My father and my uncles each got less than 1 acre. Us the grandchildren have to survive on plots of land (1/8 acre)…”

He blamed his family’s “predicament” on the first President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and his government.

This is one of the most stupid arguments about land issues in Kenya I have ever read.

I mean, suppose the MP’s grandfather had 50 acres instead of 5, won’t the MP’s ( & siblings) grandchildren eventually cry about the same “predicament”? That their great-great grandfather got ONLY 50 acres, he subdivided it to his children, who got 6 acres each;

The MP’s grandchildren would conclude thus: “My great-grandfather subdivided his 6 acres to his children, and each got ONLY 1 acre…My father only got a plot of land (1/8 acre)…”

Jomo Kenyatta (1963): “Kenya has 3 enemies we must fight - poverty, ignorance and disease.”

I suppose in 1963, Kenya’s number 1 enemy was poverty, followed by ignorance, then disease.

Currently, Kenya’s number 1 enemy is ignorance. Ignorance has displaced poverty as Kenya’s number 1 problem. This number 1 problem then creates poverty, and poverty makes disease become a serious problem.
432 people own half the land in Scotland. 16 of them own a staggering 10% of Scotland's territory.” ... /83550558/
According to some educated Kenyans, including some MPs, then most Scots must be every poor, since they are “landless”.

That is why this forum preaches that GoK should urgently work towards Kenyans receiving and sharing true, real information as argued in these threads here & here.

GIGO: Garbage In, Garbage Out.

The level of brainwashing in Kenya has serious negative political, social and economic effects. Something needs to be done asap to remedy this problem.

Do you know that in the richest countries in the world, more than 90% of the population own LESS THAN 1/4 acre?

Do you know that if Kenya decided to become the only country in the world where there is land equality - as advocated by many in civil society and some local “scholars” - we would each own around 1/4 - 1/2 acre, and we would be 1,000 times poorer?

Do you know that NGOs that demand “land equity” in Kenya are funded by donors from rich countries where there is no “land equity” (as seen above)?

Now you know why this forum is shadow banned by search engines.

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Post by tana » Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:11 am

Del Monte, Finlays and other such big farms: It is on record that a Murang’a MP recently complained that his grandfather had 5 acres “only”. Do you know what this means? That if Del Monte land is available for the “landless”, this MP considers himself as a legitimate beneficiary.

Add other MPs with similar entitlements. And their relatives. Then go to the MCAs. And their relatives…

A company that employs thousands of ordinary folk will be killed to settle “the landless”, but the landless will still remain landless, minus the jobs. What kind of logic is that?

There are a lot of ordinary Kenyans who benefit from these big companies, directly and indirectly eg watchmen, transporters, suppliers, clerks etc.

When these lands are subdivided, and grabbed by the elites and their relatives, ordinary Kenyans who earned a living from these companies will become poorer.


1. A few Kenyans like throwing phrases like “so-and-so owns a half of Kenya”. Let’s do simple primary school mathematics:

1 Million acres = 4046.8 KM squared

Kenya Area = 580,367 km2

The largest landowner in Kenya has less than 500K acres, but so as to satisfy some people, let us say that the largest landowner in Kenya has 1 million acres.

That family/company (that supposedly owns a million acres of land) therefore owns 4046.8/580,367 * 100 == 0.697% of Kenya.

Question: Where did “they” get the figures that show some Kenyans own “whole provinces”?

2. When you read about a family/company owning thousands of acres of land, we are talking about dozens of people. Therefore, in reality, no person even owns 0.1% of Kenya.
Only a very, very naive Kenyan can believe that if big farms like Del Monte, Finlays etc. are taken by the state to settle the landless, then the true landless Kenyans will be settled there.


Consider the following:

1. How many MCAs have used County funds to go for “benchmarking” trips abroad, while knowing very well that there are people sleeping hungry in their wards?

Yet, you expect that when land is “freed to settle the landless” these MCAs will be sympathetic to the genuine landless people they are supposed to represent?

Are MPs, Governors, Senators really different?

Do you think an MCA, MP, Senator, Governor will give first priority to the genuine landless when he/she has “needy” relatives and political allies?

2. If a bag of cement costs KES 500, generally, if you buy in bulk, you get discount. If you are buying thousands of bags, you will even get a bigger discount. How many counties reflect these discounts in their accounts?

Possibly none.

If when county officials/politicians get discounts (on behalf of the citizens), they pocket it, yet they are among the highest paid Kenyans (and they know very well that there are many very poor people in their county who can use those funds to pay college fees for their kids, or pay for hospital procedures for their kin), how do you expect them to settle the genuine landless people if the county is allowed to take control of the big farms they are eyeing?

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