Encroachment on riparian land must be stopped
It seems illegal land and property acquisition is rife in our Country nowadays especially with the rampant corrupt systems and individuals in both the National and County governments.
Chapter Five of the Constitution on Land and Environment states on Article 69(2) that every person has a duty to cooperate with State organs and other persons to protect and conserve the environment and ensure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources is adhered to.
Encroachment on riparian land has caused unpredictable severe climatic conditions in the country over the years. The term ‘Riparian’ is defined as vegetation, habitats or ecosystems that are associated with bodies of water (streams or lakes) or are dependent on the existence of perennial, intermittent or ephemeral surface or subsurface water drainage.
For the past few weeks, the Government has embarked on a war on unscrupulous constructions on the riparian land in a bid to save our ecosystem. Due to rampant corruption among National and County government officials with the potential property developers, the rivers have been invaded with many establishments mushrooming along them.
Interfering with the course of rivers is so disastrous that it can lead to unpredictable weather conditions such as floods and droughts, collapsed buildings among other severe effects. Given the gravity of the matter, the Government’s crackdown on property investment on riparian land is a welcome call.
Demolition of illegally established properties has come at the right time. Due to the manner in which this is being done, many people have been caught unaware. Huge property and business losses have been witnessed. However, this should continue for the sake of saving our ecosystem.