Boni re­ject block ti­tle deed in Lamu, want in­di­vid­ual doc­u­ments to ward off grab­bers

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast -

The Boni in Lamu county has re­jected a pro­posal to is­sue them with a block ti­tle deed. The com­mu­nity in­stead called for ur­gent land ad­ju­di­ca­tion so ev­ery land owner gets a ti­tle deed. The Boni, a mi­nor­ity in the county, say the big­gest prob­lem they face is pro­tect­ing their land from grab­bers be­cause they have no ti­tle deeds. Ba­suba MCA Mo­hamed Delo said, “We are tired of liv­ing like squat­ters on our own land. Why won’t the gov­ern­ment recog­nise us and treat us like other com­mu­ni­ties [in Lamu]? We shall not ac­cept a block ti­tle deed be­cause we know we de­serve in­di­vid­ual ti­tle deeds,” he said. Delo asked the state to al­lo­cate them part of the Boni For­est for farm­ing as they can no longer hunt in it. Most of the Boni land is in the for­est. The com­mu­nity was re­act­ing to Linda Boni (anti-terror) Op­er­a­tion di­rec­tor James Se­rian’s pro­posal that the state give them a block ti­tle deed to stop them from sell­ing the land.

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