National Land Commission (NLC) has called for vigilance among Kenyans in ensuring effective public land management.

NLC Commissioner Reginald Okumu emphasized on the need for County residents to support government initiatives which promote rightful use of public land to ensure future generations benefit from them.

While making a presentation during a Virtual meeting dubbed ‘Public land in my hood’, Okumu reiterated that a lot still has to be done to maximize and secure public land.

The meeting identified issues surrounding public land management such as poor land documentation which leads to difficulty in establishing land ownership, heavy influence of politics in public land and disputes arising because of lack of clarity in land ownership.

The ‘idle tag’ associated with public land management provides an opportunity to grabbers and individuals to use public land for their own benefits and as dumpsites respectively.

The meeting which attracted over 80 members of the public also had in attendance NLC Commissioner Prof. James Tuitoek, Land Administration and Management Director Prof. David Kuria, Deputy Director Research Dr. Mary Wandia and Deputy Director Public Land Management Dr. Samuel Nthuni.

The meeting was organized by NLC in conjunction with Watu wa Zamo Mtaani CBO.