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Land dilemma in Nyamira, Kisii as population grows - 3 Jan 2018 00:39

By: Ruth Mbula

The rising population and bad terrain have conspired to pose a new challenge to Kisii and Nyamira counties, who may need more land for expansion of their urban centres. The high population growth rate and insatiable demand for land has led to frequent land-related conflicts and encroachment on public spaces and protected areas. Kisii had an estimated 1.1 million people in 2009, when the last census was conducted. It is estimated that has risen to 1.36 million by now. Nyamira is estimated to host 650,000 people. Land sizes in the counties have continued to shrink as people sub-divide their plots. Kisii measures about 1,318km² while Nyamira is about 912.5km² and, with the continued rise in population, residents have been forced to look for land in other counties, in a bid to satisfy their thirst for ownership and use. Nyamira has a high population density of about 700 people per square ...
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