National Land Commission officials from Nairobi early this week paid a courtesy call on both the County Government and the County Commisioner’s offices before embarking on a two day field inspection of Yala Swamp to validate proposals for its allocation to investments, conservation and communities.
The field inspection aimed at engaging both locals and the Government was to ensure that the Commission develops a clear understanding of issues raised by different parties relating to utilisation of the Yala Swamp.This follows a proposal the Commission recently received from the County Government asking that the Swamp is clearly demacated for allocation.
Citing that the proposal had taken into consideration three important interests; Investment, Community and Conservation, the Commissioners noted that it is their mandate as managers of public land to ensure that these interests are taken into consideration.
“Yala swamp is a World reknowed resource that should be well protected and can be used to draw livelihood if well managed,” said Commisioner Okumu from the National Land Commission.
Mr.Okumu promised that they were going to carry out an open and transparent process and will be sharing information with all relevant stakeholders throughout the exercise to ensure there will be no conflict or animosity during the process.
Speaking on behalf of the Siaya Governor while receiving the Commissioners at the County Government Headquarters, the Executive Committee Member for Governance & Administration Hon. Dorothy Owino welcomed the team to the County and pledged unrelenting support from the County Government throughout this noble exercise. The Executive noted that it was in the best interest of Siaya citizenry that issues around land use and allocation are amicably resolved now to avoid future contentions. Lands Executive Hon. Adrian Ouma was instrumental in providing guidance with regard to the land situation in the County throughout this exercise.