Land-grabbers threaten jua kali sector, Kidero promises to help
Kenya National Federation of Jua Kali Associations CEO Muteti says only 50 out of 245 clusters have title deeds for the land where they operate
The jua kali industry, the biggest job creator in Nairobi, is under threat because of land-grabbers, Governor Evans Kidero was told yesterday.
The Kenya National Federation of Jua Kali Associations said individuals posing as officials of jua kali associations are registering land belonging to the groups in their names. This leads to frequent evictions of the artisans from their places of work.
Chief executive Richard Muteti said the individuals have faked associations’ papers and are visiting the Lands ministry behind their back to acquire title deeds.
“Quacks are taking away our land. We have been wondering why there are frequent evictions, even in areas where our people have worked from for more than 20 years,” Muteti said.
QUACKS TAKE ADVANTAGE
He said only 50 of the 245 jua kali clusters (associations) in the city have title deeds for the land where they operate. Muteti said the quacks are taking advantage of the situation to grab the land.
He spoke during a breakfast meeting with the governor at City Hall. The event was attended by more than 200 officials from the associations.
Muteti said expensive land rates, harassment by askaris, lack of access to credit and brokers who have infiltrated the industry are the other problems facing the sector.
He said they owe City Hall about Sh1 billion in land rates arrears and urged Kidero to waive the debt.
“Our groups are not registered and therefore we cannot do business with the county There is also no structured way of engaging the county,” Muteti said.
Kidero said the county will waive the rates and engage the Lands ministry and the National Land Commission to revoke the title deeds issued fraudulently. He said they will be registered under the associations’ names.
Jua kali artisan George Onyango at his workshop in Kamukunji on July 19