• Wanyonyi also proposes that public institutions like universities and national schools should not hold onto large tracks of land.
• "Instead of expanding horizontally. They should build their buildings going up. The land left fallow should be used for food production," he said.
A motion seeking to control the size of land Kenyans can own was tabled at the National Assembly.
Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi tabled the motion on Wednesday suggesting that the government should cap the minimum and maximum size of land owned privately.
"High population growth and the growing demand for land has resulted in excessive fragmentation of land into uneconomic units," Wanyonyi said.
"The population growth in Kenya is rapidly growing and we should increase food production to avoid the famine and hunger that we are now experiencing."
Also, part of his motion proposes that public institutions like universities and national schools should not hold onto large tracks of land.
"Instead of expanding horizontally, they should do it vertically. They should build their buildings going up. The land left fallow should be used for food production," Wanyonyi said.
The legislator wants the government to enforce compliance of Article 68 (c) (i) of the Constitution, Section 159 of the Land Act, 2012.
Article 68(i) of the Constitution empowers the national assembly to prescribe minimum and maximum private land holding acreages.
Ownership sizes will, therefore, become applicable after the law is formulated and implemented.
The Land Act states that a scientific study on the economic viability of minimum and maximum land sizes is to be commissioned.
According to the Land Act, the scientific study is mainly to determine the economic viability of private land acreages in various zones countrywide.
The law bars the registrar from registering property that breaches the prescribed guidelines on minimum and maximum acreages.
Until 2009, the country never had a National Land Policy.