Lands Cabinet Secretary Farida Karoney has challenged communities to safeguard land around public schools to protect them from land grabbers.
The Cabinet Secretary warned that unscrupulous individuals are targeting land belonging to institutions that are yet to receive title deeds. This comes as the government said it is in the process of issuing title deeds to public schools.
She pointed out that Shimo La Tewa school land in Mombasa had been grabbed but it has been reverted to the state.
Karoney, who was speaking at Kipsigis Girls High School in Kericho County during a prize and thanks giving ceremony, said many titles belonging to members of the public are lying uncollected at lands offices across the country.
On climate change whose effects are now being felt in different counties, the lands CS expressed concern that many forests have been cleared up including Mau forest where charcoal burning is being carried out and depleting the country’s cover.
She called on members of the public to find alternatives to firewood and charcoal and plant trees in their homes.
Speaking at the function, nominated MP David Ole Sankok called on Kenyans to take tree planting seriously, saying the country is now experiencing drought and many rivers have dried up due to deforestation.
He called on the Lands CS to collaborate with environment CS Keriako Tobiko to reclaim forests.