President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured Mpeketoni residents that the Government has scaled up security in the area and asked the residents to cooperate by reporting any suspicious people to the authorities to stop criminals from disrupting peace.
“I know that majority of Lamu residents are peace-loving people. Let us work together to ensure that the security that we have enjoyed for years is not undermined by a few evil-minded people,” President Kenyatta said.
The President spoke in Mpeketoni after issuing 2004 title deeds to land owners at Mkunumbi in Lamu County at the start of a two day visit that will also see issuance of another 2069 landownership documents at Faza to residents of Swahili villages in the islands of Ndau, Myabogi, Mbwajumwali and Kizingitini.
President Kenyatta urged Mpeketoni residents to live together peacefully, saying their unity will help curb insecurity.
The Head of State also emphasized his intention to unite the whole country through the Jubilee Alliance Party.
Meanwhile, over 2000 landowners received title deeds Thursday as President Uhuru Kenyatta kicked off a two-day tour of Lamu County.
Residents of five Swahili villages of Mkunumbi, Mapenya, Ndambwe, Kiongwe and Nagere were issued with the land ownership documents in an exercise that will see 4073 title deeds issued. President Kenyatta will issue another 2069 titles in Faza Island tomorrow.
Speaking at Mkunumbi Secondary School before issuing the title deeds, President Kenyatta urged the residents to use their land effectively to improve their welfare.
This comes a few days after the cancellation of title deeds for land totaling 353,770 acres.
He said the Government’s move to revoke title deeds for the irregularly acquired land which was handed over to Lamu County government was aimed at ensuring the locals get enough land for development.
“The County Government should plan well on how to utilize the land. There is need to set aside land for livestock keeping, farming and industrial development,” President Kenyatta said.
National Land Commission Chairman Muhammad Swazuri disclosed that following President Kenyatta’s directive, 7600 primary and secondary schools across the country have applied for title deeds which are being processed.
To take Government services closer to citizens, President Kenyatta announced the elevation of Mkunumbi location to a division.