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Land our Achilles Heel

The Ndungu Commission on Illegal and Irregular allocation of public land provides an insight into a critical, recent episode in the struggles over ‘land’ and ‘graft’ in Kenya. To put it in the latest context, it is first worth noting that on the ‘graft’ front, the Commission can chalk up one partial victory in that its exposures have lead to the return of tracts of land to public action by politicians, including former President Moi. However, the limits of the larger fight against corruption was underlined when John Githong’o resigned his government position as Commissioner against Corruption. But the story the Ndungu Commission unfolded is also a chapter in another very broad issue in Kenya’s political economy – land.

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