Murang’a residents want land disputes settled quickly

More than 6, 000 Murang’a residents have registered with the county government seeking help to resolve land succession cases.

The county administration from last month has been registering residents who have land succession cases to facilitate settlements out of court.

The County has partnered with Mount Kenya University School of law and local officers from the Ministry of Interior to help residents who have pending succession cases in court.

Governor Mwangi wa Iria said the partnership is geared towards helping more than 20, 000 residents to fast-track solving the land disputes which have affected especially poor families.

He noted that there are many succession cases in court which affected families could not solve due to issues ranging from lack of legal fees.

“The county administration decided to take up the matter and arbitrate the land succession cases out of court so as to help families which have been entangled in the cases for many years,” Wa Iria said during the registration exercise held at Ihura stadium on Monday.

So far, the team registering the cases, the governor said, have visited six sub counties and within a period of two weeks they will visit the remaining four sub counties.

“In every sub county visited, more than 1,000 residents have registered their disputes. After registration there will be a team comprising lawyers, court officials, surveyors and officers from the department of lands who will solve the disputes. The services are being done free of charge,” he further said.

He noted that some families have been unable to amicably divide their land saying land succession has been a major cause of domestic rivalry and differences in many families.

“People have been unable to develop their land due to the delay of land succession cases. Some widows have also been chased away from their matrimonial families after their spouses passed on. These are some of the issues the committees will be looking on so that the disputes are solved amicably.” Wa Iria stated.

Meanwhile the governor said the country administration is geared to repossess all grabbed government land and roads.

“On grabbed public lands, there will be no negotiation. All grabbed public lands will be repossessed and block access roads reopened by early next year,” he said.

He further warned brokers who have been frustrating residents who seek help at local land registries.

“There have been brokers and cartels who have been exploiting poor Kenyans at the local county land registry. We have agreed with security agents to block those people from the office.” He added

  

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