Land Tenure and Violent Conflict in Kenya. In the Context of Local, National and Regional Legal and Policy Frameworks.
Judi Wakhungu, Elvin Nyukuri and Chris Huggin | African Centre for Technology Studies | 2008
In August 2008, the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS)launched the inception phase of a project on Land Tenure and Violent Conﬂict in Kenya. In the aftermath of the early 2008 post-election violence, it became clear that issues related to land tenure were perceived by many experts as key to understanding the root causes and dynamics of conﬂict. Indeed,
the “Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation” process identiﬁed land reform as key to long-term peace and reconciliation, and the proposed “Truth, Justice and Reconciliation
Commission” was mandated to examine historical land injustices, and the illegal or irregular acquisition of land, especially as these relate to conﬂict or violence. A literature review was conducted, key informants were interviewed, and some preliminary ﬁeld research was carried
out in the Mt. Elgon area. Following these activities, a consultative session was convened in early October to examine the conceptual framework of the project, and to provide feedback on a proposed second phase of activities.