RESOLUTIONS OF THE PEOPLE OF THE COAST REGION ON THE BUILDING BRIDGES INITIATIVE (BBI)
We, the people of the Coast Region, wish to join hands with the rest of Kenya to embrace the Building Bridges Initiative as put forward by H.E President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and Rt. Hon Raila Odinga and as proposed by the Taskforce on the Building Bridges Initiative.
Cognisant of the fact that the Initiative is both necessary and timely coming at a time when there is need to heal rifts among the leadership and peoples of this country following the bruising elections of 2017.
Recognising that divisive elections have continued to wreck the fabric of this nation every five years thus threatening peace and livelihoods and also destroys livelihoods impacting negatively on the economy.
Acknowledging that negative ethnicity and unbridled competition among our political leaders has entrenched a culture of tribalism, crony-ism, favouritism and nepotism in the management of our public affairs giving rise to corruption.
Appreciating that various measures have been undertaken at the national level to address these ills including the Report of the Eminent Persons on the 2007 Post Election Violence and subsequently through enactment of the Constitution of Kenya 2010.
We the people of the Coast Region having met on 24th January, 2020 to deliberate on the BBI report do hereby make the following recommendations:
- Government should comprehensively address matters of land ownership, titling, transfer, management, acquisition, and productivity to ensure proper utilisation through policies and programs by taking the following measures:
a) Government to buy land from absentee landlords and resettle the affected coastal communities. In the alternative the constitution of Kenya be amended to introduce a clause that will revoke all grants held by absentee landlords.
b) National Government should pass a National Policy on Historical Land Injustices through which a substantive stand-alone law