Prompt Payment Bill a ray of hope to victims of compulsory acquisition 

Infrastructure PS Paul Maringa, Lamu West MP Stanley Muthama (in white shirt) and Lapsset CEO Silvestre Kasuku observe a dredging machine at the site where the first three berths of Lapsset are being constructed at Kililana. PHOTO | KALUME KAZUNGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The Land Value (Amendment) Act came into force in 2019 with an objective of providing guidance on the process of compulsory acquisition of private or community lands for a public use.
  • The Act introduced amendments which are not only potentially unconstitutional but also likely to infringe the property rights of communities where compulsory acquisition takes place.
  • The Prompt Payment Bill, introduced into Parliament on February 28, 2020, will be a big win for many poor Kenyans and communities.
  • Legislators must remember that Kenya’s democracy can only succeed when the interests of the people, especially the most vulnerable persons, are placed at the center of decision-making processes.

Laws are not always just. Ironically, the law can be used as a tool for creating social order and, at the same time, as an avenue for oppression. In many countries around the world, the law has been used to protect political and monetary interests at the expense of the most vulnerable in society.

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