By John Kioria
President Uhuru Kenyatta is in Lamu County for a two day official visit to the area.
The President will be visiting the troubled Mpeketoni area where close to 100 people were massacred by Alshabaab insurgents in 2014 as well as Mkunumbi region where he is expected to issue title deeds to land owners.
The President met Lamu leaders on Wednesday where he announced the cancellation of 353 thousand title deeds and its ownership reverted to the Lamu County Government.
The area has also been the epicenter of the Operation Linda Boni that seeks to flush out the Alshabaab insurgents, believed to have created a hideout in the expansive Boni Forest.
Already the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett has declared the forest a dangerous zone. And in what is seen as a continued charm offensive to the Coast residents, the President will also be issuing title deeds to inhabitants of seven villages in Mkunumbi area.
During his Tuesday meeting with the Lamu County leadership led by Governor Issa Timamy and Senator Abu Chiaba, President Kenyatta announced the revocation of 353,770 title deeds whose ownership was handed to the Lamu County Government.
The issue of land remains the single largest thorny issue at the Coast. In the Tuesday meeting, President Kenyatta also urged Lamu residents to cooperate with security agencies to boost security, saying the move will open up the county for rapid economic growth particularly in the tourism sector.
The President concludes his tour Wednesday when he visits Lamu Island.