Don’t sell your land, Narok lo­cals urged

You should jeal­ously guard your prop­erty. Avoid land bro­kers, Lands CS Ja­cob Kaimenyi tells res­i­dents

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The gov­ern­ment has is­sued 2,972 ti­tle deeds to the res­i­dents of Suswa in Narok East con­stituency, Narok county.

Lands CS Ja­cob Kaimenyi said this is part of ef­forts to give out three mil­lion ti­tle deeds an­nounced by Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta. He urged res­i­dents not to sell their land. Kaimenyi spoke on Satur­day when hand­ing out ti­tle deeds in an event at­tended by Na­tional Land Com­mis­sion chair­man Muham­mad Swazuri and Narok Gov­er­nor Sa­muel Tu­nai.

“You should jeal­ously guard your land. I urge you to avoid land bro­kers, es­pe­cially now that you have re­ceived your ti­tle deeds,” he said. “As a gov­ern­ment, we have is­sued 2.4 mil­lion ti­tle deeds and we are on course to achieve our tar­get.”

AU­THEN­TIC TI­TLES

Kaimenyi de­nied claims the Ju­bilee ad­min­is­tra­tion is is­su­ing fake ti­tle deeds. “There are peo­ple spread­ing false ru­mours that these ti­tle deeds are fake. Let me as­sure that they are as au­then­tic as they come,” he said.

Narok East MP Ken Ara­mat said Chi­nese con­trac­tors build­ing the stan­dard gauge rail­way should give res­i­dents jobs. “It’s dif­fi­cult for res­i­dents to ac­cept such a project if they are not in­volved,” he said.

Tu­nai promised to en­sure all resi- dents re­ceive their ti­tle deeds. “Land is an im­por­tant is­sue for my com­mu­nity. Land will no longer be an is­sue to be politi­cised and taken ad­van­tage of. I’m happy that to­day, res­i­dents of Suswa will each go home with this vi­tal doc­u­ment,” he said.

DON’T SELL LAND FOR BOOZE

The is­sue sur­round­ing Eno­supukia For­est was also brought up. Tu­nai warned that the for­est faces degra­da­tion from en­croach­ers. “Peo­ple who have en­croached on the for­est. I urge the min­is­ter and the land com­mis­sion to in­ter­vene,” he said.

Kaimenyi said the gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing all Kenyans are served re­gard­less of tribe or race. He also is­sued 3,648 ti­tle deeds to the On­gata Naado and Kipise group ranches.

“The aim of is­su­ing of ti­tle deeds is to up­lift the lives of Kenyans,” Kaimenyi said. “These ti­tle deeds are gen­uine and can­not be forged be­cause the gov­ern­ment has digi­tised their pro­duc­tion.”

The Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary urged res­i­dents to use their land for eco­nomic pro­duc­tion, in­stead of pawn­ing it and spend­ing the money on al­co­hol or as dowry to marry more wives.

Tu­nai en­cour­aged res­i­dents to use al­ter­na­tive meth­ods to solve land dis­putes, in­stead of go­ing courts as law­suits take too long to be de­ter­mined.

“Tra­di­tion­ally, elders sat un­der trees to re­solve land is­sues. This should be en­cour­aged as it pro­motes peace, jus­tice and is faster than the court process,” he said.

‘THERE ARE PEO­PLE SPREAD­ING RU­MOURS THAT THESE TI­TLE DEEDS ARE FAKE’

/KIPLANG’AT KIRUI

Lands CS Ja­cob Kaimenyi and Narok Gov­er­nor Sa­muel Tu­nai (R) present ti­tles to Suswa res­i­dents on Satur­day

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