Uhuru puts off Trans Nzoia trip over de­layed ti­tle deeds

Gov­er­nor Khaemba says 62,000 ti­tles will be ready by the end of the year, county pays ou­s­tand­ing rates for land­lords to speed up process

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - NI­CHOLAS WA­MALWA @wamnico

Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta has post­poned his Trans Nzoia tour un­til the county com­pletes pre­par­ing all 156,000 ti­tle he will is­sue in a grand cer­e­mony.

Uhuru was to visit this month and is­sue the deeds, a flag­ship project of Gov­er­nor Pa­trick Khaemba. “We had asked the Pres­i­dent not to miss Trans Nzoia dur­ing his Western Kenya tour, but he wants all farms to have ti­tles. He will is­sue them once all are pro­cessed,” the gov­er­nor said on Wed­nes­day in Ki­tale.

About 88,000 ti­tles are ready and 62,000 re­main to be pro­cessed. They are ex­pected to be ready by the end of the year. Khaemba said more farms than ex­pected need to be sur­veyed. He said the county is part­ner­ing with the na­tional gov­ern­ment to pre­pare at least 150,000 un­der the na­tional ti­tling pro­gramme.

The county is fa­cil­i­tat­ing the process by pay­ing out­stand­ing land rates for landown­ers to the Lands min­istry. In the last fi­nan­cial year, Trans Nzoia al­lo­cated Sh70 mil­lion to the pro­gramme. In May, the state in­creased sur­vey­ors from 23 to 63 to speed up the work, which be­gan early this year.

The pro­cess­ing is done un­der the na­tional ti­tling pro­gramme. “Af­ter we started the sur­vey­ing pro­gramme, we re­alised there were more farms than we ex­pected,” Khaemba said. “We thought only 70 farms lacked ti­tle deeds but dis­cov­ered there are 256.”

Is­suance of ti­tle deeds is one of Khaemba’s flag­ship projects. “We had asked the Pres­i­dent not to fail to visit Trans Nzoia dur­ing his Western Kenya tour, but he wants all farms to have the ti­tles. He’ll is­sue them once all are pro­cessed,” the gov­er­nor said.

Khaemba said the Kenya Rail­ways Cor­po­ra­tion has agreed to give the county 10 acres to ex­pand Ki­tale town to ease con­ges­tion. It has 8,000 boda boda riders, he said. Khaemba said con­struc­tion of the Sh200 mil­lion Ki­tale Bus Park will be com­pleted soon.

/NI­CHOLAS WA­MALWA

Trans Nzoia Gov­er­nor Pa­trick Khaemba waves to the pub­lic last Satur­day

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