Sunday, August 26, 2012

World News - Kenya: House Committee Wants Witchcraft Law Enforced


A House committee wants the government to enforce the Witchcraft Act to deter people in the Coastal region from practising witchcraft. A joint committee on National Security and equal opportunity also wants leaders in the region to prioritise the sensitisation and continued persuasion of the indigenous people against embracing retrogressive, negative and harmful traditional practices.
These are some of the recommendations contained in the report of the committee tabled in the House yesterday by Nominated MP Mohammed Affey. The report is a result of investigations ordered by House Speaker Kenneth Marende. Marende directed the committee to conduct an inquiry into the activities of the Mombasa Republican Council and investigate their grievances.
Affey, who was the joint chair of the committee with Fred Kapondi, tabled the report in the House yesterday in which the committee recommends that the government accelerates land adjudication and issuance of title deeds to legitimate land owners at the coast. The committee also wants the government to hasten the enactment and implementation of the Community Land Bill in order to address the perennial land ownership and the management questions in the region.

"The government must facilitate the identification and settlement of genuine landless squatters in the coast region and set a re-caveat for a reasonable duration to stem hurried sale of land," the report says. The committee further wants the ministry of education to constitute a task force to investigate and ascertain the emergent causes for the steady deterioration and disinterest in embracing formal education in the coast region.
The committee wants the government to intensify investigations on alleged sponsors of the MRC with a view to swiftly bringing them to account on crimes related to promoting illegal activities, including incitement to violence.

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