The Lamu County Government has issued 800 title deeds in Kiunga as part of a pledge to issue 6,000 title deeds every year to solve land problems in the county.
Speaking to KNA in Kiunga during the issuance ceremony, Lands County Executive Fahima Araphat expressed optimism that the county government would meet its target of issuing 20,000 title deeds to landowners in Lamu by 2022.
She said that the title deeds would have a positive socio-economic impact on Lamu residents, and especially in Kiunga border town to Somalia, which she added has long been marginalised.
“We would like to urge those issued with title deeds to resist the urge of selling them, especially the youth who are resorting to selling them in favour of motorbikes,” Fahima implored.
She further revealed that the county government would begin mapping and surveying Kiunga Phase 2 for issuance of title deeds to landowners within the area.
Kiunga Ward Representative Abdalla Babaad who also spoke to KNA over the title deeds issuance in his ward commended the county government for its continued commitment in addressing land management issues in Lamu.
Abdalla further urged the county government to map out and issue title deeds to all Kiunga residents, adding that the land in Kiunga is a resource that all residents should benefit from.
Lamu County Commissioner Samson Macharia also weighed in on the land issues affecting Lamu and urged residents to resist the urge of fighting over land once they get their titles.
Macharia warned against unscrupulous land invasions which he noted are still prevalent within certain areas in Lamu.
“The title deeds will enable the culture of “Witemere” (land grabbing) to stop as the county has set about to address squatter issues in a proper way,” the county commissioner said.
Lamu Governor Fahim Twaha also said that the county had set aside adequate development funds to facilitate land management issues in the county.
He revealed that the county would soon be addressing the issuance of title deed in other schemes where residents have lived without the prospect of title deeds since independence.
“Issuing title deeds addresses land rights for the Lamu people which for a long time has been the source of disenfranchisement among them,” he observed.