Regulation of the procedure for acquiring land as a Tool for monitoring land use to attain sustainable Development: A critique

Land is very central for human survival and development. In fact, it is so elemental to human
survival that it can be said that it is where life begins and it is where life ends. Land is the source
of livelihood and to many a Kenyan it is the source of food, shelter, clothing and even medicine.
Consequently the procedure of acquisition of rights or interest over the same cannot be any less
significant.
In that regard the Constitution of Kenya 2010 does recognize such right and provides for the
same under Article 40. This is the right to own property as a fundamental human right under the
Bill of Rights. More-so, chapter 5 of the supreme law is dedicated to land and environment. We
shall have a greater in-depth of this at a later stage of this paper.
Historically, the colonization of African countries by imperialists discouraged the communal life
of African communities. More particularly, the colonialists sought to eliminate the idea of
communal land ownership by introducing individual land ownership'. They argued that
communal land ownership was primitive and unproductive, throughout the period of colonization
the ways, behaviors and laws of the Briton were instilled in us. We have perfected the same over
the years and concerning land registration, we wholesomely adopted their laws and practice with
just some minor amendments.