The Luo community has been urged to stop sub dividing their land into parcels for constructing homesteads as the practice condemns them to abject poverty.
West Asembo MCA Ambrose Akuno says prioritizing construction of homesteads as opposed to farming has been detrimental to the community.
Akuno said instead sub dividing land for each family member to set up a homestead, the community should consider consolidating land for agricultural production.
He said the need to fulfill the cultural practice of constructing individual homesteads has left many families landless, while others are forced to use their meager resources to buy land elsewhere.
The ward representative said the retrogressive cultural practice has forced many families into subsistence farming since they practice agriculture in small scale.
Akuno said that due to the increasing population and diminishing land resources it is no longer prudent for members of the Luo community to prioritize the culture of constructing homesteads over the well being of their families.
At the same time, Akuno asked the County Government to consider allocating funds to MCAs that they can use to support vulnerable families.
Already in Rarieda area MP Dr. Otiende Amolo is running an initiative dubbed “Ondoa Nyasi” which has a mandate of constructing houses for widows and destitute families.