Over 35, 000 titles to be issued to residents of Laikipia says CS

Written By: Hunja Macharia
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Cabinet Secretary for Lands Faridah Karoney now says residents of Likii, Majengo, Manguo, Luonienk and Kwa Maina in Laikipia will now receive title deeds before May next year.

Karoney said the settlements are among slums that are set to be registered in an exercise that is set to complete in May next year.

The move is a culmination of a directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta to issue title deeds to the plot owners during his visit in Nanyuki in June this year.

Speaking during a consultative meeting with leaders from the County, Karoney noted that the Ministry would revoke title deeds for those who have grabbed public and private land.

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The CS noted that the Government will work with the County Government to make sure that all grabbed public land is recovered and put into its intended use.

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She said there is also need to agree on a work plan on how they would issue the title deeds to genuine plot owners.

During the Meeting held at the County House in Nanyuki, and attended by National Land Commisson officials as well officials from the Lands ministry, it emerged that fraudulent deals in the registry has greatly contributed to land grabbing.

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The CS said that they would decentralize all title deeds for the Kenya highland from Arthi House where they have been since independence noting that this has made it easy for land grabbers to get titles from Nairobi instead of the County offices.

The upcoming registries at the County offices she said would be digitized to make work easier in the search process.

County Commissioner Onesmus Kyatha and Laikipia North MP Sarah korere noted that the problem of invasion by herders in Laikipia was as a result of absentee land lords and grabbing of livestock holding grounds and route by white settlers.

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korere urged the Ministry to make sure people who purchase land in Laikipia are established so that when they bring in their relatives with thousands of animals they can be dealt with.

The ministry will meet with land buying companies in a fortnight to discuss how owners of the sold plots will get their titles to resolve the whole issue of absentee land owners in the county.

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