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Monday, 10 April, 2000, 13:54 GMT 14:54 UK
Kenyan land grab call
war veterans in Zimbabwe
Hundreds of white-owned farms have been occupied in Zimbabwe
A controversial opposition MP is reported to have called on landless Kenyans to invade land owned by white farmers.


Foreigners today continue to occupy large farms while our people remain landless

Stephen Ndicho
The MP for Juja in Central Province, Stephen Ndicho, said that landless Kenyans should emulate their counterparts in Zimbabwe and take over farms owned by foreigners.

"Our fathers fought the white man in the 1950s so they could take over their land, but foreigners today continue to occupy large farms while our people remain landless," he was quoted by the East African Standard as saying.

He said Kenya's first President, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, ought to have forced former colonialists to leave the country after independence to allow indigenous people to take over.

Tea and coffee target

Mr Ndicho identified farms belonging to foreign tea and coffee companies as among the primary targets for invasion.

Coffee farmer in Kenya
Coffee is big business in Kenya
In a statement to the press, he said foreigners owning large tracts of land had 90 days before landless Kenyans would take over.

Correspondents say land ownership in Kenya has been less of a controversial issue than in Zimbabwe, with most white farmers voluntarily giving up their land to indigenous Kenyans after independence.

Kenya has a large number of small scale farms organised into co-operatives, but many of the larger farms are owned by white Kenyans or foreign multinationals.

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10 Apr 00 | Africa
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